In a statement, the union structure guaranteed that the strike “started today with high levels of adhesion, despite the pressure exerted on workers in recent days, and some incidents identified as a violation of the right to strike.”
Syntab also revealed that, in the filling service, during the morning, the lines were almost completely stopped, with only some parts functioning, they guarantee, with the replacement “by temporary workers” or with part of the staff, in one of the cases.
“In the production service (cellar and brewing), where a stop requires procedures six hours in advance, the service management did not prevent the strike, making it impossible for workers to join it without jeopardizing either safety of facilities and equipment, wants the quality of the product”, highlighted the union.
Syntab guaranteed that it had information from “several workers in the administrative services, most of them teleworking” who “made it known of their intention to go on strike”.
“The identified situations that constitute, in our opinion, illegalities in the scope of the evasion of the right to strike and replacement of workers on strike, will be immediately reported to the authorities”, announced the union.
Super Bock workers called for a strike between August 5th and 10th, according to the advance notice of the Union of Agricultural Workers and the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industries of Portugal, this being the fourth stoppage since December.
After the stoppages in December, March and June, Super Bock workers scheduled a new strike, with partial stoppages in all shifts, for wage increases, for the valorization of work, for the “projection of wealth created” by the employer, and against “the irreducible position of the administration in not evolving its proposal in the sense of bringing it closer to that of the workers, respecting the negotiating logic that is required, and the unions employed it”.
The strike notice covers the provision of work on August 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, of workers at the establishments of Super Bock Bebidas, a company headquartered in Matosinhos, and all workers in continuous work, whose stoppage is between 05:00 and 23:00, and the three rotating shifts between Monday and Friday.
In a note released on July 28, entitled “absence of agreement to increase wages, known as a strike by Super Bock workers”, the Syntab directors justify the strike with the absence of an agreement to increase wages and given the company’s “disrespect for the business logic ” and for the “non-observance of parallelism with the distribution of profits” by the shareholders.
In the same note, Sinalb recalls that the unions, in November, demanded salary increases of 90 euros, the right to 25 days of vacation and 35 hours of weekly work and that, in a first phase, the company declined to meet with the unions “on the excuse of the pandemic”, which only happened in February of this year, when they presented a proposal for a zero increase for 2021.
“This attitude of the company has already led to workers being on strike during the month of June, and to deliberate, in plenary, the need for the company to present proposals for salary increases consistent with the distribution of profits to shareholders who, in years, of pandemic, reached the highest values ever”, insists the union.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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