Court officials to strike from 22 January to demand better pensions

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 18-01-2020 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The union representing Portugal’s court officials announced a partial strike from 22 January until 21 December, to press its members’ demands, including issues relating to retirement provisions.

In a statement, the SOJ union said that during the 11-month strike workers would walk out during lunch hours and after completion of the normal working day – in periods that, according to the union, "should be [one] of rest, but which for court officials, unfortunately, is not."

"Court officials cannot accept that, once the working day ends, they must continue working into the night, as so many times the country has seen on television [when news teams report on high-profile cases], without being remunerated or compensated for their work, to the clear detriment of their personal, family and even professional lives, given that the excess of work contributes to errors," the union said.

It warns that "it will not resign itself to the situation that has persisted for too long" and will so make sure to denounce and fight against what it calls “contemporary forms of slavery".

The union statement also argues that "a job for which people do not offer themselves spontaneously, but coerced to work, under threat of disciplinary and criminal proceedings, cannot be considered as a job but as a sentence for some offence committed."

In the union's view, court officials are thus "not remunerated, nor compensated for guaranteeing rights, freedoms and guarantees to other citizens", and so require compensation through a more favourable retirement scheme.


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