Portugal’s dockworkers’ trade union Sindicato dos Estivadores e da Atividade Logística (SEAL) has presented notice of strikes at national ports for six months, between January 16 and July 1. The stevedores demand the resolution of ‘anti-union practices in the various Portuguese ports’.
According to the notice sent to the authorities, “the strike will involve all effective port workers and also those who have a contractual bond of port work of limited duration.”
SEAL argues that after the signing of the agreement in the port of Setúbal “the guarantees of an expedited resolution of the problems identified in the other national ports are not met.”
It continued: “The growing proliferation of anti-union practices in the various ports Portuguese ports still exist, and they are of extreme gravity in the port of Leixões,” it says.
According to portseurope.com¸ the trade union -led by Antonio Mariano- accuses port companies of “harassment”, such as persecution, coercion, bribery and threats of dismissal.