Striking nurses ‘will work under protest’ and lodge a criminal complaint

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-02-2019 09:57:00 · 0 Comments
Striking nurses ‘will work under protest’ and lodge a criminal complaint

The Democratic Union of Nurses of Portugal (Sindepor) has said that it will not give up the right to strike and that, if nurses are ordered to dispense with this right, they will only work under protest and submit a criminal complaint against the Government.

“Sindepor will not give up what is a legitimate right … the right to strike,” Carlos Ramalho, a union official, told Lusa News Agency. “We shall maintain our position and tell nurses that we have to stay on strike.”

Ramalho added that “if nurses are notified in writing by the boards of directors [of hospitals] … that they have to give up this right and are obliged to work, they will work, but they will fill out a document saying that they are being coerced and forced to work and to abdicate … the right to strike.”

If nurses are obliged to work, he said, “we will work, under protest, and present a criminal complaint against those who are coercing and threatening us illegitimately,” Ramalho said, stressing that the written opinion released earlier in the day by the office of Portugal’s attorney-general “only makes official what is a position [on the part of the] government” and not a court decision.


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