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Monday, June 1, 2020

Government makes exception for eight Ovar companies and launches revolt among businessmen

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The revolt among entrepreneurs in Ovar is launched. This Monday, the Government issued an order allowing eight companies in the municipality, which until now were prohibited from working due to the State of Calamity, could resume operations. The businessmen who were left out say that it is a “made-to-order” order calling the initiative “shameful”.

On April 2, the Government extended the situation of calamity and the sanitary fence in the municipality of Ovar, following the pandemic COVID-19, allowing only essential goods companies to continue to function.

Now, it has issued a new order with a list of eight companies that were not covered by the previous decision, but that they, too, can resume normal operation.

These exceptions are justified by the Government. “It is possible to identify now a group of companies whose operation is essential to the operation of companies that, in turn, produce goods essential to collective life”, “such as those that produce materials used for agricultural activity or parts and components of products electrical and industrial “.

The dispatch states that it was necessary to recognize these companies, “since the interruption of their activity is likely to have a strong impact on the functioning of ordinary life.

However, these justifications do not convince many of Ovar’s entrepreneurs. Henrique Ferreira, one of those who agreed to give his testimony, does not skimp on criticism.

“It is a tailored decree, for companies that need favors for their exploitation, or someone who needs political favors”, he accuses.

The entrepreneur of the “Desistart Group” gives an example: “It is not understood, for example, that the company Cordex can function and Exporplás or Lusotufo cannot. They are both companies that mainly produce yarns”, he said.

“This is a real shame. It is a custom-made decree and the responsibility of the Government alone.”

Henrique Ferreira says that the Ovar companies “are sinking” and that they have been the target of “discriminatory” measures. “We were already being discriminated against in relation to companies in the rest of the country, but now we are also discriminated against within the municipality itself”.

“Nobody perceives the justification for this order, which is the Government’s total responsibility, since the Mayor has said that he only gives suggestions”.

The mayor, Salvador Malheiro, clarified that this was a “responsibility of the Minister of Economy” and that “there must be justice for all”.

“Our small entrepreneurs, our small industries that work in the same fields of activity must have the right to work as well”, added the mayor, noting, however, that one cannot “question public health to want to give a a sign of the vitality of our economy. We must scrupulously comply with the rules of working conditions and health “, he recalled.

The 8 Companies authorized to work

Alcobre – Condutores Eléctricos, S. A .; Bi-Silque – Visual Communication Products, S. A .; Cordex – Companhia Industrial Têxtil, S. A .; Kirchhoff Automotive Portugal, S. A .; Polipop – Espumas Técnica, Lda .; Tecnocabel – Componentes Eléctricos, Lda .; Valmet, Lda .; Yazaki Saltano de Ovar – Produtos Eléctricos, Lda.

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