The decision was taken in vote, held Wednesday morning, by about 80% of the 40 workers of the company PXM-(Próximo)- Transportes Urbanos de Faro, the Algarve regional coordinator of the Union of Road and Urban Transport Workers of Portugal (STRUP) told Lusa.

According to Paulo Afonso, the workers demand “an increase in the base salary to 750 euros, the revision of the maximum rest time, from three to two hours, the replacement of work shifts and the full integration of the single agent subsidy in the wage".

According to the union leader, the workers “want to see the entire single agent subsidy integrated in the salary and not just 5% of the 25% of the normal working hour”.

"This is a subsidy that drivers receive as compensation for the collection of tickets, since the ticket collectors were abolished", he explained.

The stoppage is also intended to require that the maximum period of “unpaid rest be reduced from three to two hours, as well as the replacement of scales with only two hours of maximum rest”.

In Wednesday's vote, the urban road transport workers in the city of Faro also decided to hold a vigil at the company's premises, in the first of the four days of strike.