Teachers continue to strike across the Algarve [photo gallery]

National strike was called by the Union of All Teachers (STOP)

On the fifth day, the teachers' strike continues across the Algarve. This Thursday, December 15th, the EB 1 da Correeira School, in Albufeira, closed because all the teachers went on strike, while at the Basic and Secondary School of Albufeira there is a very large percentage of students without classes.

In Quarteira (Loulé), the strike today affects the Dra Laura Ayres Secondary School, while in Olhão, at EB 23 João da Rosa School, there were also teachers joining the strike.



This national strike was called by the Union of All Teachers (STOP) and brings together teachers from all political persuasions.

The stoppage comes at a time when the Ministry of Education is in negotiations with the unions, which have been against most of the tutelage's proposals.

The Union of All Teachers contests the changes to the competition model for the placement of teachers and calls for improvement in career conditions, namely with regard to salaries, difficulties in changing levels, the freezing of service time, among others.

The Government wants to maintain the criteria for hiring teachers, but it wants a new placement model, transforming national competitions into municipal lists.



The integration of teachers will be decided by local boards of directors, who will not hire teachers directly. For the Minister of Education, these changes mean greater stability for teachers.

The S.TO.P claims that this strike is an «unprecedented form of struggle». The protest was convened following a survey carried out on the blog ArLindo, where thousands of teachers supported the holding of this strike for an indefinite period.

The other teachers' unions, affiliated with Fenprof, did not join this stoppage, having only scheduled a demonstration for March 2023 and vigils in various parts of the country.