The ordinance published this Monday in "Diário da República" that recognizes the need to resort to the civil request for the drivers strike takes effect until August 21. The diploma aims to ensure the supply of the Emergency Network, airports, stations served by the Sines refinery and autonomous natural gas units during the strike.
“This civil requisition shall take effect until August 21, 2019”, read the ordinance published in “Diário da República”, after the Government approved, by electronic means, a resolution of the Council of Ministers recognizing the the need to proceed with the civil requisition of striking drivers to ensure compliance with the minimum services set.
The decree states that the strike drivers requested are “those who prove necessary to fulfill the defined minimum services”. Until Thursday, the 15th, the requested drivers correspond to those who “make themselves available to perform duties on minimum services and, in their absence or insufficiency, those on the duty schedule”.
From Friday, the 16th, the companies covered by the ordinance must notify the union structure that declared the strike, at least 48 hours in advance, “the acts included in the minimum services under the referred order, as well as the human resources. necessary to ensure them. ”
Following this communication, “the trade unions have 24 hours to designate the driver workers necessary to ensure the performance of the acts included in the minimum services”. If this is not fulfilled, “it is up to the administrations of the companies covered by this Ordinance to designate
the requisite driver workers ”.
The disobedience order to comply with the civil requisition "constitutes the practice of an act of disobedience, sanctionable under the terms of criminal law."
The ordinance also provides that the military of the Armed Forces may "partially or totally" replace striking drivers. The military may also be called upon to carry out loading and unloading of liquid fuel, LPG and natural gas tankers.
“The fulfillment of the civil requisition (…) shall be carried out gradually, progressively and proportionally, taking into account the needs of safeguarding the regular functioning of essential public interest services, as well as meeting the unavoidable social needs that arise at any given time”, read on the concierge.
However, the Ordinance does not exclude the possibility that they may be considered as “other extraordinary measures”, as required.
This Tuesday, drivers are on their second day of strike, which was convened by the National Hazardous Material Drivers Union (SNMMP) and the Independent Freight Drivers Union (SIMM) indefinitely. This stoppage was also associated with the Northern Road and Urban Transport Workers Union (STRUN).