Portuguese nurses will go on strike

Written By Manuel Poças

The Portuguese nurses publicly announced that they will be on strike for five days, in the end of April/beginning of May.

Several union structures have called for a collective strike during the end of this month and the beginning of the next one. It will take place on April 26, 29, and 30 and May 2 and 3. Among the requests are a need for salary and career reviews and the recruitment of more professionals.

Furthermore, the nurses also ask for a new evaluation and performance model – one that minimizes risk by being fair, transparent, and executable. Hopefully, this will diminish the wear and tear of the profession and facilitate its integration within the public services.

The strike will cover the public, private, and social sectors, depending on the days. On the first day (April 26), it will happen in the North. On the second day (April 29) in the Azores, and on the third day (April 30) in Madeira. Last but not least, the fourth and fifth days (May 2 and 3) will cover the Center and the South of Portugal.

Note, however, that minimum services will be provided. ERs (emergency rooms), intensive care, ORs (operating rooms), and some oncological treatments will still be active and in operation.

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