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Teachers strike with 70 percent adherence, advances union

Adherence to the first day of the strike called by the National Union of Teachers and Workers in Non-University Education (Sinpetnu) was around 70 percent, according to the organization's spokesman, estimating an increase in membership this Friday.

: Ben Curtis
Ben Curtis  

Rafael Bonito, spokesman and member of the Sinpetnu national commission, told Lusa that the strike could have a 90 percent adhesion this Friday, as only this Thursday the declaration was received in all provinces.

The employer must receive and accept the strike declaration so that teachers can join.

Sinpetnu called for a national strike to demand better working conditions, promotions and the creation of more efficient and constant means for the protection of education agents against covid-19, in addition to the implementation of transportation for teachers or the respective subsidy.

The first phase of the stoppage of education agents, which covers around 138,000 professionals from all over the country, runs between 22 and 27 April, the second between 24 and 27 May and the third phase from 14 June to 2 July, coinciding with the period of national tests.

According to Rafael Bonito, also Sinpetnu's provincial secretary in Lunda Norte, the claim book contains 14 points, considering that there are three essentials: valorization of service time, updating of teachers' degrees according to a new salary table proposed by Sinpetnu and promotions in depending on the length of service.

The union leader said that the claim form was sent on February 24 to the Ministry of Education, which replied on March 2, but the teachers were dissatisfied because the tutelage "did not show any desire to solve the problems".

On March 24, negotiations were envisaged, but there was no understanding, so the teachers decided to move on to the strike.

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