Portugal braces for potential fuel-tanker strike

Portugal braces for potential fuel-tanker strike

Portugal’s government said on Wednesday it would guarantee fuel to critical sectors like hospitals and airports if another strike threatened by tanker drivers goes ahead next week.

The minister said 100 percent supplies would be ensured to ports, hospitals, airports, military bases, fire stations, the civil protection agency and some 320 public petrol stations.

Environment Minister Joao Pedro Matos Fernandos said the announcement amounted to a “preemptive” declaration of an energy emergency, which would allow the government to take special measures such as mobilizing the army to ensure fuel supplies.