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Carris workers on strike this Thursday for a wage increase and a 35-hour workday

Carris workers, drivers and brakemen, are carrying out a 24-hour strike this Thursday in protest against the lack of response from the administration to demands for a real increase in wages and progress towards a 35-hour work week.

The strike was launched by the network’s workers from early morning until 10 pm on Wednesday, while for the rest of the transit workers it will begin at 3 am on Thursday.

According to the Portuguese Union of Road and Urban Transport Workers (STRUP), affiliated with the Federation of Transport and Communications Unions (FECTRANS), the fixed sectors are on strike between 00:00 and 23:59 hours this Thursday.

The union stresses that all workers who start their working day before midnight on Thursday, or whose longest working period falls on this date, are covered by the strike notice.

“They strike at the beginning of their working day and until the end. Workers who finish their working day after 24:00 on that day are also covered,” explains STRUP in a statement.

The union structure states that the Arbitration Court decreed minimum services for the strike, considering as necessary, in particular, the operation of exclusive transport for people with disabilities, the emergency room and the medical center.

According to STRUP, the Arbitration Court did not accept the company’s proposal, which wanted “maximum service” by using buses.

At the last plenary session, on June 19, the workers considered it “It is unacceptable that the Carris Board of Directors (CA) continues to fail to respond to the constant demands“, despite the “net profit of the company of 9.5 million euros” assumed by the company in the 2023 report and accounts.

Among the demands, the workers demand a Increase of 100 euros in the salary scale.Increase in the value of the food allowance, evolution to 35 hours per week, with the inclusion of travel time to and from delivery locations, and transfer to the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

According to STRUP, these demands “are essential not only to improve the living conditions of workers, but also to create the conditions that allow the retention of workers needed for the public service provided by the company and to create attractive conditions for new admissions.”

STRUP asks Workers meet at Pontinha station at 10:30 a.m. to decide “how to continue the fight”if the company’s Board of Directors “does not show up at the meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. on July 23 with the attitude of addressing the central demands of this struggle process.”

At the last plenary session, STRUP was given the mandate to continue the struggle process with a strike during the first two hours and the last two hours of the daily workday, during the week of July 15-19.

Source: Observadora

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