The National Federation of Teachers is filing a lawsuit today in court against the minimum services enacted for the teachers’ strike at evaluation meetings, announced the general secretary of Fenprof.
“Today, the action against the minimum services for the strikes and the evaluation meetings goes to court. On Monday, the action against the minimum services for the exams comes in”, stated Mário Nogueira.
The trade unionist, who was speaking at a press conference after a meeting of the national secretariat, stated that the minimum services for the evaluation meetings “go beyond what the law determines, that is, the arbitration college thought it had the right to expand its own law”.
“The law provides that a meeting that is not held on the first one will be held on the second. The law provides that a meeting that does not have a quorum at the first meeting must necessarily have a quorum at the second one and teachers who are absent deliver the evaluation. The arbitral college decided that this has to be done the first time”, he maintained.
For Mário Nogueira, the minimum services should not be an extension of the law.
“Regarding the exams… […] What is it they decided? That the minimum services for exams are the total service, the whole service, only done by fewer people. The minimum service of the exams are all the answers, or are all the moments that the exam has, from a secretariat, the assistant, the invigilators and the classifiers. […] Made by whom? Made by fewer people”, he underlined.
The platform of nine trade union organizations announced last week that it was going to appeal to the Court of Appeal to rule on the decision of the Arbitration Court, which decreed minimum services for the teachers’ strike at assessments.
The decision of the Arbitration Court, known in the first week of the month, refers to the assessment strike enacted by the nine union organizations between June 9th and today, as well as the assessment strike enacted by the Union of All Education Professionals (Stop) between 12 and this Friday.
It is not the first time that unions have taken to court over minimal services. In 2018, with regard to a strike on assessments, the Court of Appeal considered them illegal, similar to a recent decision referring to different strikes in February and March.