Even so, according to the same data, 24 more convoys were carried out than foreseen in the minimum services.
The main impact of the stoppage was in Lisbon, where 96 of the 384 scheduled trains took place, and in Porto, with 40 trains circulating, out of 163 planned.
In the case of the regional, 59 trains out of 228 were carried out and eight long-haul trains circulated, out of a total of 35 planned.
CP workers started a three-day national strike this Sunday in protest against the proposed career regulation presented by CP, which they say predict “an increase in the versatility of functions” and the “joining and extinction of professional categories”, considering that this “will jeopardize present and future jobs”.
They also demand the “improvement of the base salary, which is currently at the threshold of the national minimum wage”, and the “replacement of wage losses suffered by operational railway workers who were infected by the pandemic caused by covid-19, as well as by those who had to comply with confinement prophylactic by being in contact with infected colleagues”.
CP warned that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – the three days of the strike called by the SFRCI (Travel Trade Review Rail Union), in protest against the proposed career regulation and demanding salary increases and compliance with the company agreement – “strong disturbances can occur in the movement of trains at national level”.
The SFRCI accuses the CP of “violation of the company agreement in force” and demands the “application of the agreement signed with the Ministry of Infrastructure in 2018, regarding the certification of the monitoring agent”.
The “maintenance of railway safety levels” is another of the demands made, with the union considering that these “are being called into question by the CP and by the changes imposed by the IMT [Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes] to general safety regulations, whose objective is to serve private companies that reduce jobs and costs with railway safety”.
Finally, the strike aims to condemn the “abuse of disciplinary power” that workers say is in force in the CP.
According to SFRCI leader António Lemos, “800 to 1,000 workers” from CP’s commercial and transport routes are covered by the strike notice.
CP has already announced that those who already have tickets to travel on Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Internacional, InterRegional and Regional trains may request a refund of the total amount of the ticket purchased or its revalidation, free of charge.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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