The Communist Party (PCP) considers that the drivers strike, which began this Monday, the 12th, "seeks to reach the population more than the employer". The Communists argue that the strike paralyzes drivers' real problems and discontent with “obscure political objectives” and underlines that the civilian request issued by the government seeks to limit the right to strike.
"It is[-se] to strike indefinitely and with an argument that, by instrumentalizing real problems and discontent of drivers, is driven by protagonist exercises and obscure political objectives and seeks to reach the population more than the employer. An action whose prosecutors are willing to be instrumental in limiting the right to strike, ”reads a statement issued by the PCP this Tuesday.
The PCP understands that drivers face “a vast array of problems” that have accumulated without collective bargaining over two decades, which has generated “legitimate discontent among workers”.
The party led by Jerónimo de Sousa explains that last year the Federation of Transport and Communications Unions (Fectrans) and the National Association of Public Road Transport (ANTRAM) negotiated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CCTV) , which "responded to some of the workers' fair aspirations and provides for the annual review of clauses with monetary expression". However, the terms of the agreement were violated.
"Regardless of the developments, the PCP stresses that the response to the problems that persist, requires the development of the consequent struggle, accompanied by collective bargaining that solves the problems and reaffirms the defense of the effective exercise of the right to strike," he says.
On the decision announced by the Government to resort to civil requisition and to enact minimum services, the Communists accuse the Socialist Executive of taking advantage of the facts "to introduce limitations on the right to strike, which may be invoked more broadly."
The government advanced on Monday with a civil request to minimize the effects of the strike of drivers of hazardous materials, after meeting with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, which assured that the minimum services would not be fulfilled.
The civil requisition “comprises the set of measures determined by the Government necessary to ensure, in particularly serious circumstances, the proper functioning of essential services of public interest or vital sectors of the national economy”, according to the decree law that created this legal instrument. in November 1974.