The urban hygiene workers of the municipality of Lisbon will carry out two-hour strikes between Monday and Friday of next week, at all working hours, to demand better working conditions, a union source announced this Friday.
Speaking to the Lusa news agency, Nuno Almeida, from the Lisbon Municipal Workers’ Union (STML), explained that the urban hygiene officials decided to bring forward this week of “struggle” due to the lack of responses from the City Council. chaired by Carlos Moedas (PSD), to the claim booklet they presented.
It is, as explained by the union leader, the lack of maintenance of some facilities for urban hygiene workers, the enjoyment of days off and the end of situations of “work harassment”.
“Workers have small problems that take a long time to solve. Just to give you an example, right now we have a boiler to heat the water in the bathroom for the workers that has been out of service for more than a month. It is not known when it will be repaired. The Chamber takes a long time to repair itself, ”she complained.
In addition to these issues, Nuno Almeida points to issues related to the workers outside and the need to hire more personnel for urban hygiene services.
The trade unionist said that, at this time, a tender for the hiring of 100 workers, but he estimates that at least another 500 would be needed to “respond to the needs.”
“The need for the city and the pressure of hotels, restaurants, tourism,this moment is very small to what would be necessary for a city with this life”, he pointed out.
Thus, between next Monday and Friday, the approx. 900 urban cleaning and hygiene workers “They will carry out two-hour strikes at all working hours and at all the facilities in this sector of activity.
According to the planning of the protest actions, on the first day, the workers of the Retirement Operations Center (COR) and the Urban Hygiene Unit (UHU) of Telheiras will gather outside the respective facilities between 6 and 8, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
The next day, it will be the turn of the workers of the UHU da Filipe da Mata and the UHU dos Olivais to stop at the same work schedule.
On Thursday, workers from the Retirement Operations Center (NOR) and the Boavista UHU were similarly paralyzed.
On Friday, the last day of the protest, the workers of the UHU do Restelo and PL do Valsassina will be paralyzed, the latter from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Lusa asked the Lisbon City Council for a reaction, but refused to comment on these strikes.