The portuguese transporters are paralized since the 0h00 of today. Following the example of their colleagues in France and Spain they decided to stop until the portuguese Government finds them a solution. The transporters claim for lower fuel prices and lower tolls in the highways in the name of the continuity of their business.
This paralization didn´t have the support of the transporters association (ANTRAM), which considers the strike illegal. Despite that, the transporters are in the streets manifesting their disagreement for undeterminated time.
Since January, the fuels rised in Portugal for 21 times and are now about 20% higher. Due to that, many of these companies are starting having big economical problems. The high portuguese taxes conjugated with the dependency of oil from the foreign, the high prices of the oil in the international markets and the especulation explain these rises. The contestation is even bigger because in the neighbour Spain the fuel prices are about 20% lower than in Portugal (the fiscal charge in the oil derivated products is lower) and the pressure for the portuguese Government to lower these taxes to the spanish values is big.
The transporters say that if the negotiations with the government don't achieve the expected positive results, they will totally block the traffic in the portuguese main cities in the next few days.
Until now there are news of several road-blocks in some main portuguese roads where the truck drivers are invited to stop.
Following the fishermen’s strike of the last week, this is the second strike in two weeks of a professional class claiming for some support from the Government due to this problem which is seriously affecting the economies from all over the world.