Portugal -90,000 signatures in three weeks to keep pharmacies open -October 11, 2012

A petition demanding more investment in pharmacies has gathered over 90,000 signatures in three weeks. The ‘grieving pharmacies’ petition states that austerity cuts have brought revenues of pharmacists down below the threshold needed to stay in business. Allegedly, 600 pharmacies are threatened with closure and 98% of pharmacists state they have problems buying medicines from suppliers at least a few times per week. Next to the National Pharmacies Association, the petition is being promoted by students associations. The students fear that in the face of 600 pharmacies closing, apprenticeships will dry up and the 700 pharmacy students ready to enter the labour market will not find jobs.

English: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/students-join-fight-for-portugals …

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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