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Portuguese fuel tank drivers end strike after 7 days

August 18, 2019
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FILE - In a Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, tanker truck drivers on strike watch a fellow driver leaving a fuel depot in Aveiras, outside Lisbon. Labor union spokesman Pedro Pardal Henriques said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers’ Union voted to join Tuesday’s scheduled talks with their employer’s association, known by the acronym ANTRAM. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
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FILE - In a Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, tanker truck drivers on strike watch a fellow driver leaving a fuel depot in Aveiras, outside Lisbon. Labor union spokesman Pedro Pardal Henriques said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers’ Union voted to join Tuesday’s scheduled talks with their employer’s association, known by the acronym ANTRAM. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A labor union spokesman in Portugal says fuel tank drivers are ending an indefinite strike to allow government-brokered negotiations over salaries and working conditions.

Pedro Pardal Henriques says that the seven-day walkout is wrapping up Sunday after members of his Portuguese Hazardous Materials Drivers’ Union voted to join Tuesday’s scheduled talks with their employer’s association, known by the acronym ANTRAM.

One other truckers’ union will participate in the discussions.

The strikers had threatened to paralyze the country at the peak of the summer holiday season. Portugal’s center-left Socialist government ordered minimum daily fuel deliveries, while soldiers and police also stocked gas stations.

The truckers are demanding raises that would increase their monthly wage from 630 euros to 900 euros ($705 to $1,007) by 2022.

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