The strike of veterinarians and sanitary inspectors of the General Directorate of Food and Veterinary Affairs (DGAV) registered a 50% adhesion, causing embarrassment in the slaughterhouses, the Lusa agency, the Union of Workers in Public and Social Functions of the North ( STFPSN).
The halt, which began on Tuesday and ends today, "had close to 50% membership" and affected several slaughterhouses in the country that, in some cases, "totally stopped" and in others operated "half-gas," said the delegate trade union Graça Martins.
"Many inspection teams have been reduced and there have been slaughterhouses that worked with only one inspector when normally there are five or six people," added the unionist.
Graça Martins said that in one of the main swine slaughterhouses in the north of the country, about 800 pigs were exported for export in Brazil, a process that requires "a very strict inspection" with only one veterinarian.
Despite the difficulties due to the strike, "the DGAV continued to give permission for the work to continue," said the union delegate, who also accused the General Directorate of "notifying workers on strike to comply, not the minimum services, but maximum services ".
The workers are on strike to claim the creation of the special career of sanitary inspector and, according to Graça Martins, a meeting with the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Food, Luís Medeiros Vieira, has been scheduled in the meantime.Matadouros