Almost 17% of trains stopped on the last day of CP strike

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The strikes affecting CP led today, the last day of the strike, to the suppression of 109 trains out of 646 scheduled between 00:00 and 19:00, representing 16.9% of the total, according to data sent by the carrier to Lusa.

Thus, 537 trains were made in the same period, the company indicated.

In the long-distance service, 9 trains out of 50 planned were suppressed, and in the regional service, out of an estimated 192, 50 trains did not run.

In Lisbon’s urban areas 38 trains out of 256 programmed were suppressed, while in Porto, out of 127 estimated, 8 trains were suppressed.

In Coimbra’s urban areas, 4 trains out of an estimated 21 did not take place.

Until today, in CP, workers whose normal work period covers more than three hours during the period between 00:00 and 05:00 went on strike from the seventh hour of service.

At Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) and also until today, workers whose normal working hours cover more than three hours during the period between 00:00 and 05:00 went on strike from the seventh hour of service.

These strikes were declared by a platform of unions made up of ASCEF – Associação Sindical das Chefias Intermedias de Exploração Ferroviária; SINFB – Sindicato Nacional dos Ferroviários Braçais e Afins; SINFA – Sindicato Independente dos Trabalhadores Ferroviários, das Infraestruturas e Afins; FENTECOP – National Trade Union of Transport, Communications and Public Works; SIOFA – Independent Trade Union of Railway and Allied Workers; ASSIFECO – Independent Trade Union Association of Commercial Railway Carriers and STF – Technical Railway Services.

The National Union of Train Drivers of Portuguese Railways (SMAQ) has also been on strike throughout this month, due to the “disregardful attitude” that the company accuses.

Among the workers’ demands are “effective wage increases”, the “valorization of the traction career” and the improvement of working conditions in the driver’s cabs and social facilities and of safety conditions on the lines and in the engine rooms.

The workers are also asking for a “humanization of the work schedules, controlled meal times, and a reduction in rest periods away from headquarters,” an “effective protocol for psychological support of drivers in case of collisions with people on the track and accidents,” and the “recognition and valorization of the professional and training requirements of drivers within the new legislative framework.

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