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Government reveals noncompliance of truck drivers in transporting fuel to Faro airport

Government reveals noncompliance of truck drivers in transporting fuel to Faro airportEnvironment Minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes revealed earlier today that none of the six drivers who were supposed to have transported fuel to Faro airport for airplane use did so this morning, an "unambiguous" breach of the civil requisition.

Matos Fernandes also said at a press conference at the Ministry of the Environment, in Lisbon, that six members of the GNR had to take it upon themselves to ensure that this role, which is essential to the maintenance of Faro airport, is carried out.

"The morning started well until 7am," the official said, reiterating that the minimum services were being met, up until the fuel truck driver’s Trade Union attorney's statement revealed that they would not perform any of the minimum services today.

"There was a near-gridlock period between 7am and 10am," said the minister.

However, Matos Fernandes stressed that this morning had been a lot more positive than yesterday. At many locations throughout the country distribution is at 100%, and minimum services are being met. In Sines, the Environment Minister explained that they are even "exceededing the minimum services”.

Today is the third day of the fuel truck drivers’ indefinite strike, which prompted the Government to issue civil requisition on Monday afternoon, however, they have alleged non-compliance with minimum services in some cases. The transportation of fuel to Faro airport being one.

This Wednesday morning, the spokesman for the drivers' union said workers would not perform minimum services or civil requisition in solidarity with colleagues who were suffered consequences for not working on Tuesday.

The strike that began on Monday was called by the National Union of Hazardous Drivers (SNMMP) and the Independent Union of Freight Drivers (SIMM) in order to ensure the Government’s compliance with an agreement signed in May, which promised wage increases.

 

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0 #4 Dorothy 2019-08-15 10:14
Quoting Mildred:
In the topsy turvy world that is Portugal can a civil requisition be placed on all workers in all sectors - so making meaningless any attempt by any trade or profession to strike effectively? Few can forget the surreal menace a few years back of the police milling around the Lisbon Parliament when wanting more pay - then surging forward that dark night up the steps. Amazing to think that a country one sixth the population size of the UK has 2/3rds the number of 'security agents' (Police in UK speak)

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Oh yeah ...... police in Britain are wonderful .......... yeah right..... if your skin is black you are treated differently, just walking down the street is reason to search you.
This doesn't happen in Portugal..
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-4 #3 Peter Booker 2019-08-15 08:10
What fuel is being delivered to the airport in road tankers? Surely not aircraft fuel, which should come by pipeline. I am inclined to Charly´s view - this looks like propaganda designed to weaken support for the lorry drivers.
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-5 #2 Charly 2019-08-14 17:56
Who believes who and who trust who in Portugal ? That's the riddle….
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-7 #1 Mildred 2019-08-14 16:17
In the topsy turvy world that is Portugal can a civil requisition be placed on all workers in all sectors - so making meaningless any attempt by any trade or profession to strike effectively? Few can forget the surreal menace a few years back of the police milling around the Lisbon Parliament when wanting more pay - then surging forward that dark night up the steps. Amazing to think that a country one sixth the population size of the UK has 2/3rds the number of 'security agents' (Police in UK speak)
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