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Metro Sul do Tejo machinists went on full strike from Friday to Sunday.

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Sul do Tejo metro drivers will go on full strike for three days, from December 30 to January 1, 2023, with work suspended on other days, the trade union said on Tuesday.

The reason for this stoppage, which will last a total of five days, is the lack of agreement between the workers and the company regarding the Agreement with the company, the main demand of the workers, according to the National Union of Portuguese Railway Drivers (CMAC).

“After the previous strikes that took place in this company, in order to unblock the conflict, SMAQ presented a counter proposal for negotiations in order to get closer to the positions of the company. However, this was not accepted,” the statement released today reads.

According to the union, Metro Transportes do Sul (MTS), the company that operates Metro Sul do Tejo, “replied too vaguely, without an objective and serious commitment to the timing of negotiations on a company agreement.”

While stating that the SMAQ’s “reasonable and fair” proposals were not accepted by the company, the union structure states that “the workers have no alternative but to continue the fighting they are designing.”

Thus, from 00:00 on December 29, 2022 (Thursday) to 24:00 on January 2, 2023 (Monday), workers represented by SMAQ will go on strike overtime and all services over eight hours.

From 00:00 on December 30, 2022 (Friday) to 24:00 on January 1, 2023 (Sunday), workers are on strike to do any work.

According to the union, the workers intend to demand effective negotiations on an agreement with the company, higher wages and better working conditions.

The workers of the Metro Sul do Tejo were already on strike from 15 to 19 November.

Metro Sul do Tejo, the public transport system provided by the so-called light rail in the municipalities of Almada and Seixal in the district of Setúbal, is operated by Metro Transportes do Sul (MTS).

Source: Observador

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