100% of garbage collectors of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (AML) are on strike along with hospital workers, which started today, but the large hospital centers are still maintaining minimum services, according to the Common Front Union.

"There is a huge number of people in large hospitals, such as Braga and in the hospitals of S. João, in Porto, S. José, in Lisbon, or in Amadora Sintra. All of them have minimal services", operating only on emergencies and hospitalisations, said the coordinator from the Common Front of Public Administration Unions, Sebastião Santana, to Lusa.

Among the reasons for the strike called by the Common Front are the demand for immediate salary increases, the setting of maximum limits for the prices of goods and services, the valuation of careers and the reinforcement of public services.

In the education sector, the National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof) announced this week that teachers and educators will participate in the Public Administration strike and non-teaching workers are covered by the prior notice of the Common Front.

For the day after the strike, on Saturday, a national demonstration is scheduled in Lisbon, promoted by the CGTP, for the general increase in wages and pensions in view of the rise in the cost of living.