Strike in ports expected to impact between 100 and 150 million per day

Economics

The Association of Freight Forwarders of Portugal (APAT) estimates that the strike of port administration workers could have an impact of between 100 and 150 million euros per day on international trade, according to a statement.

Thus, “APAT calls for an understanding to be reached as soon as possible, because in addition to the damage caused directly to our companies and people, it also causes damage to the image of Portugal and Portuguese ports,” it said.

According to the association, “although it is not possible to state with a high degree of certainty, we estimate that a strike with these characteristics and size may have an impact on international trade of about 100 to 150 million euros/day in the country.

The APAT highlighted that, “after events too penalizing for all, from covid-19, the war, inflation and energy prices,” it believes that the sector should not “be the addition to possible social crises, caused by lack of basic necessities and even more reasons for further price increases.

“We realize that well-oiled and streamlined logistics chains are fundamental to growth, environmental, social and economic sustainability, and if we are all part of the logistics chain, we should all have the necessary understanding of the importance we have in the process and we all need to have a more conciliatory position,” he argued.

“If the right to strike is a right of workers and that we understand, we also understand that we have the right to appeal to the common sense of all those involved in this process, from workers, port administrations and the guardianship,” APAT concluded.

The National Union of Workers of Port Administrations (SNTAP) called a strike of several days, which began on December 22 and runs until January 30 and covers the ports of mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores.

According to the document sent to the Government, regional secretariats and port administrations, workers at the ports on the mainland and Madeira will be on strike “from 00:00 on December 22 until 24:00 on December 23,” “from 00:00 on December 27 until 24:00 on 29” and “from 00:00 to 24:00 on January 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30.

The union accuses the port administrations of “total lack of availability” to talk about the proposed wage review for 2023, with the SNTAP made “several requests for meetings” that went unanswered, “particularly by the administrations of Sines and Lisbon.

The workers’ representatives also point out the “persistence of serious situations” of violation of legislation and the collective bargaining agreement in force, including a case that they classify as “labor harassment” to a worker at the Port of Sines.