The Left Bloc (BE) coordinator, Catarina Martins, considers that there is no “legal basis” for the Government to proceed with civil request in the strike of drivers of hazardous materials. The blockist leader recalls that the unions have committed to the minimum services during the strike called for the 12th and indefinitely, and thus "the problem is solved".
“No need, no legal foundation [para a requisição civil ou para colocar militares a fazer o transporte de matérias perigosas]. Only when there is a breach of minimum services can the Government eventually use other means. The unions have said they will meet the minimum services and if they will meet the minimum services, the problem is solved, ”Catarina Martins told reporters.
The strike called by the National Union of Dangerous Goods Drivers (SNMMP) and the Independent Merchandise Drivers Union (SIMM) threatens the supply of fuel and other goods throughout the country.
The Minister of National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, admitted the use of the armed forces to mitigate the effects of the fuel carriers strike, provided that "it has the appropriate constitutional framework". “[As Forças Armadas] are always available to support any needs that may be identified, ”he said.
This Monday morning, the drivers' unions met with the Government, without the presence of the National Association of Public Road Hauliers (ANTRAM). SNMMP has guaranteed that it will make proposals to avoid the strike. On the table is the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement "with a longer time frame with things that either party wants to claim."