The Portuguese Government confirmed that striking carriers are not complying with the legal intervention of the strike, which forces them to work, because if they refuse, they can even face prison sentences, and warned that this measure can be extended if at the end of the day notes the breach of the minimum services.
In the balance of the half of the day, presented at a press conference, the Minister of Environment, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, said that the civil requisition, legal name of the intervention of the strike, was not being fulfilled in Faro (south).
The situation was described as "serious" by the minister, who said that the military had to take charge of transporting fuel from Loulé to the airport of that city, a task that the carriers were required to do by law.
Faro was one of the places where on Monday the Portuguese Government had decreed the civil requisition, an extreme instrument that not only mobilizes the military to guarantee the supply but also forces the strikers that are necessary for the essential supply to work. If they refuse, they can even face jail time.
The decision to intervene in the strike created a malaise among the carriers that broke out this morning, when the union spokesman, Pedro Pardal Henriques, warned that the workers would not comply with that legal obligation to go to work.
"If a driver is going to be arrested, then the Minister has to bring several buses to also take the 800 carriers of the country," Pardal Henriques added, referring to the possible consequences of not complying.
In that sense, Matos Fernandes recalled in his press conference today that fourteen drivers have been identified who failed to comply with the civil requisition on Tuesday, eleven of which have already been notified, and urged to take into account the consequences that defy such measure. can have.
Apart from this issue, the minister said that the minimum services were being fulfilled at the moment, although he warned that the final balance can only be made at the end of the day, when it is not ruled out that the legal intervention of unemployment is extended.
"If we reach the end of the day and the minimum services had not been fulfilled, the civil requisition will surely be extended," he warned. . (tagsToTranslate) portugal (t) stops (t) carriers