Portugal: Public administration unions call 3-day national strike from midnight

Portugal’s National Federation of Independent Public Administration Trade Unions (Fesinap) has called a national strike from midnight on Tuesday to midnight on Friday, to press for wage increases and the implementation of a meal subsidy of €9.60 per day. 

According to the strike notice, the strike will take place over three days from 7 to 9 June, from midnight to midnight, and covers both workers with civil service status or employed under common labour law.

In a statement, Fesinap said that the strike was nationwide and covers “all public administration workers” – including workers from hospitals run as public business entities (EPEs).

Among the unions’ demands are salary upgrades to offset the rising cost of living, and the institution of a meal card for employees in public administration, through negotiation in a collective agreement, worth €9.60 a day.

“The government cannot continue to treat workers with ‘handouts’, when all careers need to be reviewed from top to bottom, starting with the indexation of salaries to the functions effectively carried out by workers and not by the category they hold,” argued the union in its statement.