This Tuesday morning was marked by strikes and protests by teachers from north to south of the country. In Cascais, dozens of teachers gathered outside the school. In Setúbal, there was a protest march followed by a plenary session attended by more than a hundred professionals. At least 2,000 teachers from the district of Viana do Castelo demonstrated this morning in Valença.
In Alto Minho, teachers asked the President of the Republic to intervene. A petition addressed to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa already has more than 6 thousand signatures.
In Valença, teachers from several schools in the district of Viana joined this Tuesday. They want to know what they can count on in their careers.
The teachers walked through some streets of Valença until they reached the city walls. Along the way, they complained about the way the country distributed the money.
“For the banks there are millions, for us there are only pennies”, the professors accuse.
Teachers at protest in Cascais and Setúbal
More than 100 teachers and operational assistants from six schools joined this morning in a protest march through the streets of Palmela, in Setúbal
One of the meeting points was at Pinhal Novo Secondary School, where the students also insisted on being present and showing support.
The protest started from the schools towards Praça da Independência, in Pinhal Novo, to a plenary of all education professionals who gave voice to the problems that most affect the class
In Cascais, there were no classes at the Cidadela primary and secondary school. Teachers left the classrooms and gathered outside the school.
Even without an agreement, negotiations remain open between Unions and the Government. But while they don’t shake hands and reach an understanding, professors and assistants promise to continue with the forms of struggle.
Around 600 teachers gather at Praça do Bocage in Setúbal
Around 600 people, mostly teachers, operational assistants and specialized technicians, paraded through the streets of Setúbal today and gathered in front of the City Hall, to demand better working conditions and the appreciation of public schools.
“We have around 600 people here, mostly teachers, but also some students from schools where there were no classes, who paraded through the city streets to participate in this protest action”, told Lusa agency Hélder Abrantes, delegate of the Union of All Education Professionals (STOP) and professor at the Lima de Freitas School Group.
“We want to make the Ministry of Education aware of our demands, given that, so far, what they are offering us is just the binding of contractors, some of them hired for over 20 years and who are absolutely necessary due to the lack of teachers. In other words, they are not giving us anything,” he added.
The concentration of teachers in Praça do Bocage, in front of the City Hall, was organized by teachers from different groups of schools in Setúbal – Lima de Freitas, Sebastião da Gama, Luísa Todi and Ordem de Santiago (Bela Vista) -, which some students from different teaching establishments joined together, in solidarity with the struggle of teachers.
In the concentration, according to the trade unionist, teachers from non-grouped secondary schools D. Manuel Martins, D. João II and from Escola Secundária do Bocage, former Liceu de Setúbal, also participated.
More than 90% of teachers in the district of Coimbra joined the strike
The district strike organized by Fenprof and seven other unions took place today in Coimbra. About three thousand teachers expressed their dissatisfaction and union data point to a membership above 90%,
Teachers have been on strike since December 9th to demand better working conditions and wages, an end to precariousness, faster career progression, and in protest against Government proposals for the revision of the recruitment and placement regime, which is be negotiated with industry unions.
There are currently three separate strikes called by various union organizations taking place. The first was a STOP initiative that, in December, called for an indefinite strike, which teachers have partially complied with, just one class time away, and for which advance notices have already been delivered by January 31st.
At the beginning of the 2nd period, SIPE started another partial strike, this time during the first period of classes for each teacher, which should last until February.
However, last week, an all-out strike took place by districts for 18 days, until February 8, called by a platform of unions that included Fenprof.