Manuel Pizarro stressed, “I think this is a very big effort in favor of the National Health Service and the most numerous professional profession, and I’m not going to get into a fight about the number of sticking to the strike.” In response to the journalists on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the thirty-first conference of the Dental Association.
According to data from the Coordinator of the Common Front, Sebastião Santana, adherence to the national public administration strike, which is taking place today, was greater than 80% in the night shift, with disruptions to solid waste collection throughout the country and only minimal services in hospitals.
On the impact of the strike on health, Sebastião Santana said the impact shows the struggle of workers in a sector where there are thousands “working for the National Health Service and earning minimum wages with 30 years of service”.
Manuel Pizarro insisted he would not “feed debate about the numbers” of those joining the strike, and said the government was “fully aware” that it had reached “a very important agreement for social consultation”.
“We have already made an agreement with one of the Central Unions and with the unions that belong to this Central Union of General Subjects for Public Service and have reached an agreement with the vast majority of nurses unions on a reassessment of the profession of nurses which, later this year, will result in a strengthening of the salary position. About 20,000 nurses retroactively until January 2022,” the minister said.
For the minister, what is “important” is that the government recognizes that it is doing “what is necessary to value public service workers in general and those working in the health sector in particular”.
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