According to the document sent to the Government, regional secretariats, and port administrations, workers in ports on the mainland and Madeira will be on strike “from 00:00 on December 22nd until 24:00 on December 23rd”, “from 00:00 on the 27th of December to 24:00 on the 29th” and “from 00:00 to 24:00 on the 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th of January”.
“With regard to freight ships coming from or destined for ports in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, the respective operations will be ensured on the strike days indicated above in the period between 08:00 and 17:00, and should not be initiated any operation that cannot be completed or interrupted outside the defined period”, indicated the union.
In the Azores, “no operations or activities will be carried out in the periods between 08:00 and 10:00 and 14:00 and 16:00, from Monday to Friday, on the 22nd, 23rd, 27th. , December 28th and 29th” and on “January 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, and 30th”.
Also in the Azores, in those days, “overtime work will not be provided from Monday to Friday, including the period from 00:00 to 08:00”, nor will “any service be provided to cruise ships”.
The union accuses the port administrations of “total lack of availability” to discuss salary revision proposals for 2023, with SNTAP having made “several requests for meetings” that went unanswered, “namely by the administrations of Sines and Lisbon”.
The workers' representatives also point to the “subsistence of serious situations” of violation of legislation and the collective bargaining agreement in force, including a case that they classify as “labour harassment” of a worker at the port of Sines.
The minimum services proposed by the union include transport of medicines and hospital supplies, dangerous goods, loading and unloading of live animals and perishable foodstuffs, essential interventions in the event of a fire, collision, open water, and the grounding of ships, oil tankers, or ships with dangerous cargo on board, for security reasons, bunker services and Portuguese humanitarian and military ships, as well as the movement of ships necessary to avoid a disruption in the supply of military aircraft and, if necessary, the supply of fuel.
Also included are the movement of ships to disembark the sick, seriously injured, or dead, the maintenance of security conditions in the port and intervention in case of incidents, and, in Porto Santo (Madeira), the operations of fuel ships will be ensured.