In statements this morning to Lusa, Anabela Carvalheira, from the Federation of Transport and Communications Unions (FECTRANS), had said that, like last week's strikes, participation is "high".

Workers of the Metro de Lisboa carried out a new partial strike today, between 05:00 and 09:30 for most workers, and between 09:30 and 12:30 for administrative workers.

Due to the stoppage, Carris, managed by the Lisbon City Council, announced a reinforcement of four of its road lanes due to the two strikes by the Metropolitano this week, scheduled for today and Thursday.

“Due to the Metro strike, we are going to reinforce the following routes: 726 on the Pontinha Metro – Estefânia section; 736 on the Senhor Roubado – Marquês de Pombal and Campo Grande – Cais do Sodré sections; 744 on the Oriente – Restauradores section; and 746 on the Sete Rios – Marquês de Pombal section”, informed Carris on Friday.

For Thursday, a 24-hour strike is scheduled for the majority of workers, so “it is expected that the transport service will end from 23:00 on November 3rd [Wednesday] and reopen at 06:30 November 5th [Friday]”, according to the carrier.

The unions representing the workers of Metropolitano de Lisboa, EPE presented strike notices in protest against the wage freeze and demanding the immediate filling of the operational staff and career advancements.

Metropolitano de Lisboa says it is “receptive to the discussion of proposals presented by union entities, which are the object of negotiation”.

Workers at the company served on October 26 and 28 two partial strikes which, according to FECTRANS, had a high level of participation. According to the carrier, on the 26th the stoppage had an adhesion of 42.62% and on the 28th, 45.37%.

On Monday, an overtime strike was started for 10 days, renewable.

Workers have already carried out partial strikes on the job in May and June, taking into account the same demands presented for the new stoppages.

The Lisbon Underground operates with four lines: Yellow (Rato-Odivelas), Green (Telheiras-Cais do Sodré), Blue (Reboleira-Santa Apolónia) and Red (Airport-São Sebastião). The service is open from 6:30 am to 1:00 am every day.

Today's partial strike coincides with a 24-hour stoppage of workers at Rodoviária de Lisboa, in a week in which the capital hosts the international Web Summit event, which began on Monday and ends on Thursday.