By Isha Sesay • 09 November 2019 • 12:30
STRIKE: Employees from EMT Palma will strike on multiple days in December and January. CREDIT: EMT Palma.
THE company committee of the Municipal Transport Company (EMT Palma) has called for a series of strikes to be held in December and January in a bid to stop the “level of excessive exploitation and intolerable anxiety” suffered by workers.
Representatives of EMT will begin their protest on November 27 with a rally at Plaza de España in the capital. They also call for multiple 4-hour work stoppages (from 8am to 10am and from 6pm to 8pm) on December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19.
The committee also state that there will be 24-hour work stoppages on December 24 and 31, with the start of an indefinite strike from January 1 of next year.
Union representatives demand the regulation of travel times on routes to allow drivers to take lawful breaks. They also ask for more support from personnel in the administration departments, whose “insufficiency generates pressure on employees and bad service for users”.
In a statement to the press about the impending strikes, a representative indicated that “due to a lack of drivers, employees are finding it almost impossible to enjoy paid leave or holidays that have been pending for several years”. They also denounce the excessive increase in overtime which is putting added stress on the workers.
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