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Tanker drivers in Portugal call off strike

Portugal’s fuel tankers elected to call off an extended strike on Sunday, with their employer deciding, to engage with workers in negotiations with the government.

The National Hazardous Goods Drivers ‘ Union (SNMMP) has begun a bidding strike on the 12th of August following a failure in talks with its manufacturers ‘ organisation ANTRAM.

This year was their second strike.

ANTRAM stated that they were available to talks moderated by the government, but only if the strike was stopped or aborted.

The transfer of riders to practice assists the Socialist government in Portugal, which anticipated the effect of a prolonged strike on the tourism-dependent country economy.

“As all the circumstances were in a position to deal with ANTRAM and the state, it was chosen to call off the strike,” SNMMP’s vice-president, Pedro Pardal Henriques, advised journalists.

ANTRAM could not be reached for remark instantly.

During the strike, car drivers were restricted to purchasing up to 15 litres (4 gallons) of gas at the unique refueling facilities, but as in April, there were no mass rows at the bases.

The west tourist Algarve was the strongest struck by the strike, and on Thursday the biggest marina in the region was operating out of petrol. It has been refuelled since then.

No significant issues have been recorded at the airports of the country.

In an attempt to prevent chaos and guarantee minimum fuel supply, the state has initiated a legal system to allow riders to return to the job on Monday or to impose risks.

The April strike criticised the Socialist government of Prime Minister Antonio Costa, but stronger contingency planning could also increase regime in the October parliamentary elections, commentators said.



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