Portugal - Renewed strike action fuel-tank workers called off - June 1, 2019

After an earlier strike action between 15-18 April 2019 fuel-tanker drivers threatened a new strike to back up their demands for better pay and conditions. In the previous stoppage in April 2,000 petrol stations ran low on fuel supplies and government was prompted to declare an energy crisis. This meant reduced airports’ fuel reserves to emergency levels, disrupted flights and forced motorists to queue for hours outside petrol stations. Further strike actions that were planned to happen in May 2019 are called off as negotiations re­opened. According to the unions their demand for a minimum wage of 1,200 euros had not been agreed to but bosses have accepted to raise salaries to very near that figure.

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