Four subway lines in São Paulo will remain partially paralyzed this Friday (24th), after the company and the union of subway workers did not reach an agreement to end the strike, which started this Thursday (23rd).
Through social networks, Metrô published how lines 1-Blue, 2-Green, 3-Red and 15-Silver will work.
* METRO OPERATION | 03/24*
The São Paulo Metropolitan Company (Metrô) will continue with a contingency plan to guarantee service to passengers this Friday, the 24th, after the Union of Subway Workers voted to continue the stoppage of the operation. ⏩ pic.twitter.com/xp8rdesxkV
— São Paulo Metro (@metrosp_oficial) March 24, 2023
According to the union, the category accepted a proposal from the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT), to pay three installments worth R$ 2,500. Each one corresponds to the Profit Sharing that would not have been paid in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.
They were waiting for a response from the Metrô until 11 pm this Thursday, when the government informed that the contingency plan will remain in operation.
The company and the government highlighted that the court granted an injunction so that 80% of the operation would be maintained during peak hours, and at least 60% at other times, which they say was not respected by the strikers.
Among the subway workers’ demands are the payment of bonuses and participation in the results of the subway, in addition to hiring more personnel. The company says, in turn, that the payment would not be possible, since the collection decreased after the pandemic.
Suspended rotation and optional point
The mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes, decreed an optional point in public offices in the capital this Friday (24), with the exception of essential services such as Funeral Service, service units of the Health and Social Assistance departments, the entire municipal network of education and urban security.
The government of the state of São Paulo also decreed an optional point in state public offices in the capital and metropolitan region this Friday (24).
In addition, the Department of Mobility and Transit reported that the municipal rotation of vehicles will remain suspended throughout Friday.
Court decision and imbroglio
In the Justice’s decision this Thursday, 80% of the services should be maintained at peak hours – from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
At other times, there should be at least 60% of the operation. If these measures are not complied with, there will be a daily fine of R$ 500,000 to the Subway Workers Union.
During the morning, the Metrô announced that the turnstiles would be released, with free entry, after an agreement with the Union of Subway Workers. The proposal, however, stipulated that 100% of employees return to work.
The union says that the agreement was not fulfilled, while the Metrô stated that the employees did not fully return to their jobs. TRT-2’s decision was published after the exchange of accusations.
On the night of this Thursday, the union reaffirmed that, if it accepts the measure of releasing the turnstiles, they would return to normal operation.
*with information from Carolina Figueiredo and Marcelo Tuvuca, from CNN
Source: CNN Brasil
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