An assembly this Tuesday will decide the direction of the strike by subway workers in Belo Horizonte, which has already lasted a week. According to the board of the Metrovirios Union (Sindmetro), the meeting will be at the Central Station, at 5:30 pm, when the category will vote for the continuity of the subway operation with the minimum scale of 60% defined by the Justice, for the total suspension of the strike. and return to normality, or even, by the total stoppage.
According to Sindmetro president Daniel Glria, subways are open to negotiations. “We want to dialogue to offer the best possible to users and workers”.
Glria explains that the board made an assessment of this first week of the strike and raised some irregularities on the part of the CBTU. “The daily volume of trips before the strike was 195 trips/day. Now, the company is offering 162, when it was correct to be 117, which represents 60% as agreed in the injunction”.
In addition, the company was calling on employees who were on paid weekly rest to work, being paid overtime. “In the union’s view, the call for extraordinary service for a system that is operating on a minimal incoherent scale,” said the president, adding that, for him, this attitude constitutes an attempt to undermine the constitutional right to strike.
The report questioned the CBTU about the Sindmetro information, but has not yet received a response.
A week ago, on Thursday (25/8), the Sindmetro announced a general strike by subway workers, in protest at the possible privatization of the subway, which, according to the category, could cause damage to the employment contract and massive layoffs.
On Friday (26) the CBTU obtained an injunction so that the metro could operate at 60% of its capacity and with a longer interval between trips. If the Sindmetro did not comply with the decision, the daily fines were set at R$35,000.