Court considers minimum services decreed for teachers' strike illegal

Today, the union platform that called for the strike was revealed

The court considered illegal the minimum services decreed for the strikes on the final assessments of students in the 9th, 11th and 12th years, carried out last academic year, the union platform that called for the strike revealed today.

«A new ruling from the Lisbon Court of Appeal (TRL) has now been released which declares illegal the minimum services imposed on strike for final summative assessments of years with final tests or exams», that is, of the 9th, 11th and 12th XNUMXst year, the platform of nine union structures, of which Fenprof and the National Education Federation (FNE) are part, advances in a statement.

Last school year, union structures delivered more than half a thousand strike notices and, halfway through the school year, the Ministry of Education began requesting minimum services.

In May, the arbitration court decreed minimum services for the strike for the final assessments called by the Union of All Education Professionals (Stop) for the 12th year assessments and, in June, the same court decreed minimum services for the strike called by the platform of nine Education unions for the final exams of the 9th, 11th and 12th years.

The platform decided to challenge the decision to decree minimum services in court and says it has now received the response, which proves it right.

Accusing the government of resorting to "illegal minimum services" to "defuse teachers' strikes", the platform understands that "in relation to the final assessments of all years of schooling, the minimum services required went beyond what the law itself establishes" .

However, the platform continues, the arbitration colleges decided «always according to the ME's intentions, in an apparent proof of lack of independence in relation to political power».

Today, unions are once again denouncing cases in which “teachers were even prevented from going on strike, under threat of disciplinary proceedings being initiated”.

For the platform, those responsible for the ministry «resorted to illegal and undemocratic means» to try to derail the teachers' struggle: «Despite having managed to defuse one or another strike, they were unable to jeopardize a struggle that continues», they conclude.

On the guardianship side, the request for minimum services was always defended by the fear that the strike could jeopardize public schools.

The Ministry of Education justified the decision by pointing out the need to “guarantee the interest of students and families — particularly in the dimension of predictability that the evaluation cycle must have”, in addition to access to higher education.