"If anyone thinks that he reacts to the civil request as he reacted to the minimum services, he is mistaken, because the legal framework of the two figures is different," warned António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, during an interview. on RTP3 on Monday night. He defended the need for the government to issue a civil request on the drivers strike, considering it "an attitude of prudence" that will allow fuel to be available in most stations.
Vieira da Silva also stated that an agreement must be reached to end the drivers strike and, therefore, stressed that “the civil requisition is already a very heavy measure” and that as a rule “it has an effect from the point of view of helping to solving the problems".
“Some might think there are no consequences, but there will be. There has to be, otherwise it is the very power of the state that is called into question, ”he said.
Concerning the doubts raised by the striking drivers' unions, which stated that the civil requisition undermines the right to strike, Vieira da Silva underestimated: “It has no absolute value”.
The Minister of Labor stressed that “the living conditions, the welfare situation, the health systems situation” have to be taken into account and, therefore, the Government's decision for the civil requisition.
The Government decreed, on Monday, August 12, the civil request of the striking drivers, alleging non-compliance with the minimum services established to deal with the indefinite stoppage.
"The Government had no alternative but to recognize the need to proceed with the civil requisition of striking drivers in order to ensure the fulfillment of the minimum services," said the Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Tiago Antunes, in Press conference. The measure will be "gradual" and will apply to areas "where non-compliance is found".
The government had decreed minimum services between 50% and 100% and declared an energy crisis even before the driver strike began, but considered that they were not being respected.
The indefinite strike was called by the National Union of Hazardous Drivers (SNMMP) and the Independent Freight Drivers Union (SIMM) and the Northern Road and Urban Transport Workers Union (STRUN) was also associated with the strike. ).