Police to protest at airports

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-01-2020 09:39:00 · 0 Comments

Members of Portugal's PSP and GNR police forces are holding protests simultaneously in Braga, Lisbon and Faro today in an event called by the unions, while Movimenta Zero starts a vigil at Portuguese airports.

The demonstrations will take place in front of the Braga stadium, where the 'Final Four' of the League Cup in football will take place, at the Ministry of Finance, in Lisbon, and in the Manuel Bivar Park, in Faro.

President of the Police Union (ASPP/PSP), Paulo Rodrigues, told the Lusa agency that the protest "will have more strength in Braga", where, besides the demonstration, a group of about 20 police officers will enter the stadium together with the other fans and extend a banner with the inscription "Police officers demand respect".

At the demonstration in Lisbon, which will take place from 16:00, the security forces intend to deliver a document to the Ministry of Finance, in which they explain the main demands and ask "once again" for the resolution of the problems.

Paulo Rodrigues stressed that the Ministry of Finance also has "its share of responsibility".

Among the claims are the payment of risk subsidy, salary updating and salary supplements, creation of legislation related to hygiene and health, increase in staff and more and better personal protection equipment.

Tuesday's rallies will begin the protests that the PSP and GNR members intend to organize monthly until the government responds to their demands.

Without the support of the unions, the Zero Movement (MO), an inorganic social movement created in May 2019 by members of the PSP and GNR and quite visible in the last demonstration of security forces in November, will hold from 10:00 a.m. vigils in all Portuguese airports, a protest that is expected to last several days.

Through social networks, the MO calls for the participation of police and civilians and publicizes the posters that should be taken to the airports.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) has defined a specific calendar of matters to be discussed with the unions and the security forces, and three meetings have already been held.

The first meeting on the payment of arrears of unpaid supplements during the holiday period took place without an agreement, the others on the multiannual plan for admissions to the PSP and the GNR and salary supplements, also failed to produce results.

Minister Eduardo Cabrita has already announced the recruitment of 10,000 people for PSP, GNR and SEF by 2023 as part of the multi-annual admissions plan.

The unions accuse the MAI of lack of openness in welcoming the proposals of the union structures.

Meetings will also take place on February 13 on the programming of infrastructure and equipment for the security forces and services and on March 5 on occupational safety and health.


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