The Seaports and Logistics Activity Union (SEAL) criticized on Tuesday that non-permanent workers from the port of Lisbon were called to work in the port of Setubal on Wednesday.
In a statement, SEALs are of the opinion stevedores "will be taken [para o porto de Setúbal] only with the aim of fostering conflict between workers and thus try to hold the SEAL responsible for the possible consequences of actions that are intentionally irresponsible by the port operator. "
Against the background of the conflict between the SEAL and the Association of Shipping Agencies Portugal (AGEPOR), trade unions[ou] that workers do not respond well to calls for any illegal work or provocation ".
The SEAL has reiterated this Tuesday, in response to what AGEPOR has accused of being accused, which aims to "change non-permanent employment to permanent conditions and not be a model of dignity for port workers".
AGEPOR condemned Monday what it said was "a lack of port work at the container terminal in Setúbal, without strikes to work scheduled for normal hours" – requesting intervention from the Public Prosecutor's Office.
According to AGEPOR, "there is no port work at the container terminal and RO-RO [carga que embarca ou desembarca a rolar] from the port of Setúbal since last Tuesday, November 6. "In addition," this occurs without strikes at work in normal hours that are legally established and applied ".
For the SEAL, AGEPOR's position "only serves to convey heavy and strange accusations" and reaffirms that "it does not boycott permanent contracts" because this is one of its "big battles".
Referring to the situation in the port of Setúbal, which is over 20 years old and which would create "a hybrid between dangerous monster and golden egg chicken," the SEAL replied that "the port slums of Setúbal did not accept that, at the time of the strike, the company intended to sign a contract and , failing a coercive strategy, still proposing to them that such illegal contracts fall under the divine protection of the port authority. "
The SEAL expands the indictment, asking: "Doesn't anyone consider it strange that being eight national ports, more than 700 Portuguese avalanches that strike for three months still have to be ignored by the media agenda?"
Strikes for additional work set by the SEAL take place until 1 January 2019 in defense of freedom of trade union membership and include the ports of Lisbon, Setubal, Sines, Figueira da Foz, Leixes, Caniçal (Madeira), Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitória (Azores).