A placard reading Diesel sold out is seen at a gas station in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday. Rafael Marchante/ Reuters
Striking Portuguese fuel-tanker drivers have ended their strike after agreeing to return to negotiations over demands for better pay and conditions, the government said on Thursday, ending the nation’s worst outbreak of industrial unrest in years.
Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos made the announcement after three days of strike action which prompted the government to declare an energy crisis, forced motorists to queue for hours outside petrol stations and took airports’ fuel reserves to critically low levels.
Santos told a news conference that the agreement to end the strike and go back to negotiations had been reached in talks between the government, the employers’ association and the union representing striking drivers.
The meeting ran until the early hours of Thursday morning.
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The Court of Appeal in Fujairah has looked into the murder case of an Asian worker by his colleague in a labour accommodation in the emirate. According to the police records, the defendant who was a flatmate of the victim, was consuming alcohol excessively with five others on the day of the incident. The defendant and the victim entered into a heated discussion. The accused assaulted the victim and stabbed him with a knife in the abdomen. The suspect was subsequently arrested by the police after an attempt to rescue the victim.