A new strike by teachers and school employees convened by the Union of All Education Professionals (S.TO.P.) begins this Wednesday, in protest against the new competition regime and for the recovery of all service time.
The stoppage, which will last until Friday, starts about a week after the end of the indefinite strike that started at the end of last year, called by the same union.
Teachers and non-teachers contest the new competition regime, approved by the Government in March, and insist again on recovering all the time of service that was frozen, as well as on improving working conditions and wages.
As in the previous strike, the arbitral tribunal once again decreed minimum services for the stoppage, so that schools ensure part of their functioning, including at least three hours of classes/daily teaching time per class, in order to guarantee, on a weekly basis, the coverage of the different subjects.
Following successive decisions to enact minimum services, a public petition was launched in defense of “a generalized action of disobedience” to “illegal minimum services”, which, according to the prosecutor, had gathered, until Sunday, more than three thousand signatures.
The teachers consider that the minimum services are illegal and call into question the constitutional right to strike.
The new S.TO.P. it takes place after the protest, in the national demonstration of the 25th of April, in defense of workers’ rights and for the public school.
Between May 5th and 12th, the union will carry out another strike, which coincides with the start of the benchmarking tests.
At the same time, continue district strike convened by the platform of nine trade union organizations that include the national federations of Education and Teachers (FNE and Fenprof), which this Wednesday takes place in Portalegre.
The stoppage – which has been going through all districts in reverse alphabetical order for a week, from Viseu to Aveiro, ends on May 12 in Lisbon.
Teachers and school staff also started, on Monday, a camp in Rossio, in Lisbon, which has since moved to Largo Camões, where it should remain until May 1.