Portugal - Wave of strikes expected in public and care sector - February 28, 2018

It looks as if the country will be swept by a wave of strikes, demonstrations and protests, by professionals of various sectors including teachers, doctors, nurses and public prosecutors, over the coming months. Teachers have pledged strike action for March, while doctors have said they may strike in April. Nurses initially gave the country’s Health Ministry until the end of February to further negotiations over pay and working conditions, but in the meantime confirmed a national two-day strike set for 22 and 23 March. Unions representing nurses accused the Health Ministry of broken promises. Among the demands are a 35-hour work week from July, overtime payment, and the payment of a 150-euro supplement for nurses with specialist functions, which should have come into play from January. At the start of 2018 the country’s doctors had already waged similar action.

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