Portugal: Around 90 pct of Registry and Notary Services employees go on strike

Around 90% of employees at Portugal’s Registry and Notary Services went on strike on Wednesday, according to the sector’s trade union.

The trade union also criticised the government’s employment legislation revision proposal and a “deficit” of 1,500 employees.

The dissatisfaction among employees is “huge” and that is reflected in the strike, the head of the Registry and Notary Service union, Arménio Maximino, told journalists in the Portuguese city of Porto, in northern Portugal.

According to Maximino, the strike – which kicked off on Wednesday and ends on Friday – is intended to contest “five diplomas” of the legislative revision of the sector proposed by the government and to call for “objective and transparent criteria for all workers.”

Maximino said the country had legislation that dates back to 1979 and that the government had been continuously failing to comply with state budget laws.

He also said employees were contesting “the decrees that regulate tenders,” and considered that “specific training for new candidates” necessary.