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CTT Workers on 24 Hour Strike

Correiros de Portugal S.A (CTT) workers will be on strike for 24 hours starting at midnight tonight. Support among staff for the proposed industrial action is strong, with many feeling that this is the only way of gaining the attention of the company’s administration for the lack of staff, says Victor Narciso, Secretary General of the National Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers (SNTCT).

Also, the union hopes to persuade the government to consider re-nationalising the CTT, which was privatised on the 5th of September 2014.  Re-nationalisation, says Victor Narciso will safeguard the quality of services, staff working conditions as well as protect rural and less profitable Post Office branches from closure.  The situation is serious, claims Narcisco, which is why the union decided to go ahead with its 24-hour strike.

The SNTCT states that reductions in the CTT workforce have created vast amounts of stress for its members, with many suffering from depression and anxiety due to the pressures of work.  Staffing cuts have also meant that most employees are having to do the work of two people.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly