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Teachers give notice of strike in November in dispute over working hours

by TPN/ Lusa, in Business · 19-10-2017 13:52:00 · 0 Comments

Teachers and other academic staff in state secondary schools in Portugal are threatening a partial strike towards the end of the current term, and potentially into the next one, if their demands regarding timetables are not heeded.

Teachers give notice of strike in November in dispute over working hours

Officials from the National Teachers’ Federation (Fenprof) have handed the Ministry of Education a formal warning of a strike from 6 November to 15 December. The action will affect all work directly with pupils enrolled in non-curricular activities.
For example, a teacher who gives extra help or acts as an assistant in an activity, where these are deemed not to form part of the regular curriculum will be able to strike.
“Teachers … have an overall work week of 35 hours and, at the moment, our broad survey involving thousands of teachers shows that [they] are working, on average, 46 hours and 40 minutes a week,” Fenprof’s secretary-general, Mário Nogueira, told journalists after handing in the strike warning.
He said that the trend of teachers being asked to do activities not directly relating to their academic responsibilities has been established since 2008 and that “this government has not yet responded” to this long-standing problem.
In 2015, the current Socialist government moved to restore the working week for public sector employees to 35 hours, after its predecessor had increased it to 40 hours, in a move it said was necessary as part of austerity measures to make the public sector more efficient and so reduce the deficit.

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