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WorldPortuguese fuel tank drivers end strike after 7 days

04:45  19 august  2019
04:45  19 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Portugal rations gas as tanker drivers strike over pay

Portugal rations gas as tanker drivers strike over pay Portugal began rationing gas Monday as a precaution after 2,000 truck drivers began an open-ended strike over pay, a move that comes at the height of the crucial summer tourist season and during the summer harvest. 

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A labor union spokesman in Portugal says fuel tank drivers are ending an indefinite strike to allow government-brokered negotiations over salaries and working conditions.

Portuguese fuel tank drivers end strike after 7 days © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In a Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, tanker truck drivers on strike watch a fellow driver leaving a fuel depot in Aveiras, outside Lisbon. Labor union spokesman Pedro Pardal Henriques said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers’ Union voted to join Tuesday’s scheduled talks with their employer’s association, known by the acronym ANTRAM. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

Pedro Pardal Henriques says that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers' Union voted to join Tuesday's scheduled talks with their employer's association, known by the acronym ANTRAM.

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One other truckers' union will participate in the discussions.

Portuguese fuel tank drivers end strike after 7 days © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, soldiers ready two tanker trucks at a fuel depot in Aveiras, outside Lisbon as an open-ended truckers' strike over pay enters its second day. Labor union spokesman Pedro Pardal Henriques said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers’ Union voted to join Tuesday’s scheduled talks with their employer’s association, known by the acronym ANTRAM. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

The strikers had threatened to paralyze the country at the peak of the summer holiday season. Portugal's center-left Socialist government ordered minimum daily fuel deliveries, while soldiers and police also stocked gas stations.

The truckers are demanding raises that would increase their monthly wage from 630 euros to 900 euros ($705 to $1,007) by 2022.

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