Matosinhos refinery workers protest at the Porto Chamber on February 25 – Companies


Workers at the Galp refinery in Matosinhos, which is expected to close by the end of the year, will protest in front of the Porto City Council on February 25, the union source told Lusa today.

The meeting, which includes holding a plenary of workers, is scheduled for February 25, at 2:30 pm, in front of the Porto City Council, said Telmo Silva, director of the Union of Workers in the Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Activities (SITE) of the North and the workers’ commission.

The union leader explained that the objective is to “hear” the mayor, the independent Rui Moreira, about the closure of the petrochemical complex that will affect not only the municipality of Matosinhos, where it is based, but the entire northern region. “We have already asked for a meeting with President Rui Moreira and, so far, nothing. He is silent on the matter,” he said.

Telmo Silva criticized the fact that the independent has not yet publicly defended the refinery, being a “defender of the North”.

In December 2020, Galp announced its intention to concentrate its refining operations and future developments in the Sines complex and to discontinue refining in Matosinhos this year.

The decision calls into question 500 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs, according to unions’ estimates.

Telmo Silva said that the company still does not provide answers to workers, nor to present solutions. “It has not yet presented any plans so far,” he added.

After a plenary of workers at the Municipality of Matosinhos on January 12th, they demonstrated on February 2nd in front of Galp’s headquarters and the residence of the Prime Minister, António Costa, in Lisbon.

The State is one of Galp’s shareholders, with a 7% stake, through Parpública.


Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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