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Teachers at war with the government have called a strike for exams day this Monday. The teachers are protesting against the geographic mobility scheme and longer working hours.
“The programme has already ensured a broad reaching budgetary structural readjustment and the programme ensured a return to the financial markets far earlier than foreseen,” said Vítor Gaspar.
Cavaco Silva said it is up to political parties to negotiate agreements that can make it possible to improve Portugal’s economic and social situation.
Trade union confederations UGT and CGTP will join efforts for the general strike convened for 27 June which seem to be gaining in consensus across the public sector.
There is a reason why zebras have no ulcers: imagine that, from the time the troika arrived, the bodies of the Portuguese reacted to the anxiety of austerity like a zebra running away in fear from a lion. We are dominated by fear
The minister of state and foreign affairs and leader of junior coalition partner CDS-PP reiterated he was against the proposed tax on pensions, wanting to bring some relief to Portugal’s 3.5 million pensioners by making the measure optional.
Prime Minister Passos Coelho admitted that the process of converging the CGA (the old-age pension scheme for civil servants) with Social Security would affect current pensioners.
The Ministry of Finance said the troika would be in Lisbon “from Tuesday” to assess the latest austerity measures announced by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho Friday.
Paulo Portas, leader of the ruling coalition’s junior partner addressed the country to say that he was against some of the measures announced by the prime minister last Friday.
Prime Minister Passos Coelho also announced that the country will raise the number of working hours a week for civil servants, to 40 from 35, as the government continues to trim public spending to avoid a second bailout.