CP and IP workers meet today for the second day of a 24-hour strike

The workers of CP – Comboios de Portugal and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) are today on strike for the last of two days, to claim a financial premium to compensate for the loss of purchasing power in 2022.

A platform of several unions representing workers of CP and IP called a strike for December 23 and 26, demanding a financial award to compensate for the loss of purchasing power in 2022, updating the food subsidy and the end of “discrimination between workers”.

CP warned of “disturbances in the circulation of trains, nationwide”, “with possible impact on the days before and after the strike periods”, lamenting the inconvenience caused.

Customers who had already bought tickets for canceled trains can ask for a full refund of the amount, up to 10 days after the end of the strike, or free revalidation for another train of the same category.

The platform that called for the strike includes ASCEF – Trade Union Association of Intermediate Railway Operations Managers, ASSIFECO – Independent Trade Union Association, FENTCOP – National Transport, Communications and Public Works Union, SINDEFER – National Democratic Railway Union, SINFA – Sindicato Independente dos Trabalhadores Ferroviários de Infraestruturas e Afins, SINFB – Sindicato Independente Nacional dos Ferroviários, SIOFA – Sindicato Independente dos Operacionais e Afins and STF – Sindicato dos Transportes Ferroviários.

The pre-notice foresaw a 24-hour strike on the 23rd and 26th of this month, as well as a “strike for overtime work, including holidays and weekly rest days, from 0h00 on 23/12 to 24h00 on the 2nd of January 2023”.

Minimum services of 25% of trains were defined, which, according to CP, are concentrated at the beginning and end of the day, the so-called ‘rush hours’.