Portugal’s teachers union, the National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof), announces a “partial strike” from October 15 to December 31, and demands that all the time teachers put into working be accounted for.
A notice of strike was given to the Portuguese Government and other entities that supervise teaching activities today, and the partial strike will start on October 15 and will continue until December 31, 2018.
The strike will take place between 00:00 on October 15 and 24:00 on December 31 of this year.
Teachers and educators, as long as they are not guaranteed the accounting for all the length of service they have completed and regularized during their working hours, will only scrupulously observe the 35 hours they are obliged to do
The teachers consider that the status of the teaching career has to be respected and that “it is the most elementary justice that all the work time that they have fulfilled is accounted for, and that the unilateral decision of the Government is to reject more than six and a half years of their professional life for career purposes.”
According to Fenprof, the government “aims to eliminate time spent by teachers. The Ministry of Education requires them to complete more hours of work than established by law. According to studies already carried out, on average, teachers in Portugal work more than 46 hours a week, which is one of the causes for the situation of great wear and tear on the faculty of schools.”
The Fenprof statement continues, “Whereas it is intolerable that the same government that eliminates years of work for teachers imposes, every year, schedules that aggravate them by 30% and expresses repudiation for that double illegality (elimination of time of service and imposition of hours that do not respect the ECD), the teachers and educators, as long as they are not guaranteed the accounting for all the length of service they have completed and regularized during their working hours, will only scrupulously observe the 35 hours they are obliged to do, which means that the law, as far as its internal organization is concerned, must be scrupulously respected.,” reads the statement from Fenprof.
Teachers do not deserve to be treated as such. They repudiate this imposition and will fight for justice and respect
Specifically, these are the measures that Portugal’s teachers are striking against:
- Strike to the meetings for which the teachers are called, if they are not provided for in the non-learner component of establishing their schedule.
- Strike to the educational activities that are marked in the non-learner element of establishment.
- Strike to the frequency of training actions to which the teachers are obliged by decision of the schools or the different structures of the Ministry of Education, if the hours of training are not deducted in the non-learner element of establishment.
According to Fenprof, “If they [teachers] fulfill their duties with high zeal, a sense of responsibility and recognized
professionalism, it is the most elementary justice that all the work the unilateral decision of the government to eliminate more than six years and of their professional life for the purpose of their career.
“On the eve of World Teacher Day, it constitutes a very serious affront to teachers and a demonstration of arrogance and aggravated disregard, on the part of a government that decided to ‘grace’ teachers with the elimination of more than 1/6 of the duration of the career. The teachers do not deserve to be treated as such, they repudiate this imposition and will fight for justice and respect.
“It is not, however, only a question of justice and respect; the decision imposed by the government is illegal, as it does not comply with Law No. 114/2017, of December 29 (Law on the Budget of the 2018), as well as the legal norms established for collective bargaining in the Public Administration, since the trade union organizations were never called upon to negotiate the time and how to recover the time of service that has been frozen.
“In the meetings that took place, the government has limited itself to trying to persuade teacher unions to accept the elimination of more than six and a half years of service.”