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Higher education teachers on strike complain of coercion

Teachers from public higher education institutions, who resumed their strike last week, repudiated this Monday a guardianship circular, which guides the marking of absences to strikers, considering the measure as “coercion” and “flagrant violation of the law”.


"The strike law is clear, it guides us that during the duration of the strike the employment relationship between the employer and the worker is suspended and is not null, so there is an official document from the Ministry of Higher Education, this is serious and represents coercion", said this Monday the secretary general of the Union of Higher Education Teachers (Sinpes), Eduardo Peres Alberto.

For the head of Sinpes, whose teachers enter this Monday for the second week of the strike, which resumed on the 27th of February last, the aforementioned circular from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI) constitutes a "flagrant violation of law".

Teachers claim salary updates, better working conditions, health insurance and others, contained in a memorandum of understanding of November 17, 2021, lamenting "lack of political will" for its resolution.

The MESCTI human resources office, in circular no. 02/GRH/MESCTI/2023, which Lusa had access to, directs managers of public institutions to "apply absences to teachers who do not report to the workplace", during the period of the strike, "automatically losing the right to remuneration for the period in which he was absent".

Eduardo Peres Alberto regrets the measure, mentions that the teachers' strike "is lawful" and calls on the President of the Republic, "as holder of executive power, to dialogue with the Sinpes negotiating team".

"We are open, even if the resolution of the problem is phased, particularly the issue of living wages. Therefore, we protest the circular of MESCTI and other managers, even ignorant, when they are also teachers", concluded the union leader.


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