According to the secretary general of the National Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers (SNTCT), Vitor Narciso, the strike is expected to have “a great impact on the service and treatment and distribution of post, but that is the intention, for the company to understand the workers’ indignation and for the public to understand what is happening at CTT”.

“What we intend is to restore normality to CTT in terms of collective contracting and the quality of public service that is provided to the population, which is getting worse, with the delays increasing in the distribution of correspondence,” said the leader to the Lusa News agency.

“The company said it had no money, but shortly afterwards it distributed bonuses, with subjective criteria, and anticipated the payment of the Christmas subsidy, it seems that the problem is not a lack of money, but the lack of desire to increase wages ”, he stated.

The SNTCT is one of eight union members involved in negotiations with CTT that called for the strike that will take place at national level.

According to Vitor Narciso, the union proposal went down, at the last conciliation meeting, to a salary increase of €20 per worker, retroactive to 1 June 2020, instead of retroactive to January.

“Even so, the company did not accept it, but workers are not satisfied with not having an increase this year”, he said, recalling that since the privatisation of CTT in 2013, workers have had a 5.3 percent wage growth over eight years”, said.