Judicial officials advance with new strike that may last until July 15

Strike will not have a classic format

The Union of Judicial Employees (SFJ) decided yesterday to go ahead with a new strike, which may extend until 15 July, and which will not have a classic format, with a variable strike being expected in districts, times and jurisdictions.

Speaking to Lusa, António Marçal, president of the SFJ, said that the union had decided to continue the fight, given the lack of responses from the Ministry of Justice that motivated the protests that lasted for months and that have led to the postponement of thousands of steps and judgments.

«We are not going to let the cause fall until the Government has an attitude to solve the problems», said António Marçal about the continuity of the fight of the bailiffs, who are currently carrying out a strike in the classic model, of total stoppage and absence from the workplace, unlike the previous strike, in which they just did not carry out some of the tasks, namely those that corresponded to revenue for the State.

The SFJ decided to go ahead with a strike that will not coincide in districts, times or jurisdictions, that is, the strike can take place in one form and time in a court of law and in a different one in the services of the Public Ministry, or within the same region take place differently in the different courts that compose it.

The prior notice should not come in before May 15, António Marçal told Lusa, with the aim of “giving the Government time” to, between strikes, meet the demands of judicial officials, who want to see guaranteed career issues and the integration of the procedural recovery supplement at maturity.

The strike currently underway, which began on April 26, runs until May 5, and the president of the SFJ makes a "very positive" assessment for now, indicating the registration of "a very high number of courts with a membership of 100 %, with today's average, he added, standing at 87%».

Already today, the SFJ had regretted that the meeting on Thursday with the Assistant Secretary of State and Justice had not come out of “nothing concrete”.

«From the meeting we only learned that next week the 'preliminary study' should be finalized so that negotiation of the professional statute can then begin. And once again we were asked what could be done to create a climate of social peace in the courts, having recognized the great impact that the workers' struggle is having on the justice system», reported the SFJ in a statement today.

According to the SFJ, the union reaffirmed, once again, to the government that the climate of social peace "goes through the resolution of the supplement and promotions".