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      Teaching unions ask president to veto law on




                                                                    Trade unions representing Portugal’s schoolteachers have asked the country’s
                                                                    Trade unions representing Portugal’s schoolteachers have asked the country’s
                                                                    Trade unions representing Portugal’s schoolteachers have asked the country’s
      career progression                                            Trade unions representing Portugal’s schoolteachers have asked the country’s
                                                                    Trade unions representing Portugal’s schoolteachers have asked the country’s
                                                                    president to veto government legislation on their members’ years of service, on the
                                                                    president to veto government legislation on their members’ years of service, on the
                                                                    president to veto government legislation on their members’ years of service, on the
                                                                    president to veto government legislation on their members’ years of service, on the
                                                                    president to veto government legislation on their members’ years of service, on the
                                                                    grounds that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
                                                                    grounds that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
                                                                    grounds that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
                                                                    grounds that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
                                                                    grounds that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
                                                                                                   What we have asked of the  demanding that the full nine years,
                                                                                                   President is that he does  four months and 29 days be
                                                                                                   not promulgate, so [that he]  recognised for career purposes.
                                                                                              “vetoes this law decree, in that  “It seemed to us that the president
                                                                                              it does not comply with a law of  was sensitive to our arguments,”
                                                                                              greater force, in this case the  Nogueira said. “That doesn’t mean
                                                                                              2019 state budget,” the secretary-  he is going to make one decision or
                                                                                              general of the Fenprof union  another - we don’t know that - [but]
                                                                                              federation, Mário Nogueira, told  nor was that why we came here.
                                                                                              journalists after a 50-minute  We have come to bring topics for
                                                                                              audience with the head of state.  the president to reflect on.”
                                                                                              Representatives of Fenprof, the  Nogueira said that the president
                                                                                              FNE, the SEPLEU and the SPLIU  had asked whether, if the law
                                                                                              were received on Monday by the  was not promulgated, there was
                                                                                              president, Marcelo Rebelo de  not a risk of the unions losing the
                                                                                              Sousa, at their request, so that  two-and-a-half years proposed
                                                                                              they could present their     by the government. His answer
                                                                                              arguments for him not to     was that, in such a situation,
                                                                                              promulgate the statute approved  parliament would be responsible
                                                                                              by the cabinet last Thursday.  and there would be a new
                                                                                              The legislation only foresees two-  negotiating framework for the
                                                                                              and-a-half years of teachers’  2019 budget.
                                                                                              service time counting for the  Unions have issued notice of a
                                                                                              purposes of career progression of  series of regional strikes from 15
      Teachers pictured here during a protest staged on the 5 October bank holiday.
      Teachers pictured here during a protest staged on the 5 October bank holiday.
      Teachers pictured here during a protest staged on the 5 October bank holiday.
      Teachers pictured here during a protest staged on the 5 October bank holiday.           the time that has been frozen for  October to 31 December on the
      Teachers pictured here during a protest staged on the 5 October bank holiday.
      (Photo: Lusa/Manuel De Almeida)                                                         almost a decade. The unions are  issue.                                            TPN/Lusa
      (Photo: Lusa/Manuel De Almeida)
      (Photo: Lusa/Manuel De Almeida)
      (Photo: Lusa/Manuel De Almeida)
      (Photo: Lusa/Manuel De Almeida)
       Portugal ‘must invest more in education to catch up with EU’
       Portugal must invest more in education, an area in which it is still well behind most of the rest of the European Union, Maria João Valente Rosa, theJoão Valente Rosa, the
       Portugal must invest more in education, an area in which it is still well behind most of the rest of the European Union, Maria João Valente Rosa, theJoão Valente Rosa, the
       Portugal must invest more in education, an area in which it is still well behind most of the rest of the European Union, Maria João Valente Rosa, the
       Portugal must invest more in education, an area in which it is still well behind most of the rest of the European Union, Maria
       Portugal must invest more in education, an area in which it is still well behind most of the rest of the European Union, Maria
       director of Pordata, Portugal’s leading independent database, said on Tuesday in Brussels.
       director of Pordata, Portugal’s leading independent database, said on Tuesday in Brussels.
       director of Pordata, Portugal’s leading independent database, said on Tuesday in Brussels.
       director of Pordata, Portugal’s leading independent database, said on Tuesday in Brussels.
       director of Pordata, Portugal’s leading independent database, said on Tuesday in Brussels.
        Portugal stands out    Database of Contemporary  “Education is an area in  (3.6 per thousand).    Pordata’s sixth ‘Portrait  exceptional achievements
      negatively from other    Portugal’.              which we have evolved, but  Valente Rosa stressed  of Portugal in Europe’ is  in activities or actions by
      member states in the areas  The figures also show  we are not there yet,”  that the level of infant  being presented on   citizens, groups,
      of education and knowledge,  that getting on for half of all  Valente Rosa told Lusa  mortality is an indicator of  Tuesday in Brussels, on the  associations or
      showing statistics that  people in employment in  News Agency. “There is still  development and living  same day that the  organisations having
      concluded that half of the  Portugal, at 43.3 percent,  a long way to go.”  conditions, adding that not  foundation receives the  displayed an outstanding
      employees (54.6 percent)  did not attend school after  Valente Rosa chose the  only medical advances  European Citizens’ Prize of  commitment to promoting
      did not attend secondary or  ninth grade (the EU  infant mortality indicator as  were made, but also social.  the European parliament.  better mutual
      higher education (EU 16.6  average is 16.7 percent).  positive figures: in 1961,  Pordata is a compilation  Only members of the  understanding and closer
      percent), according to figures  Poland is at the opposite  Portugal had the highest  of statistical data from  parliament have the right to  integration between citizens
      collated by Pordata, an  end, with only 1 percent of  rate (89 per 1,000) and in  Eurostat, “a panoramic and  submit nominations for the  of the member states; or to
      offshoot of the private  employees having failed to  2017 presented 3.2 deaths  simple view of Portugal’s  prize - one per member  facilitating cross-border or
      Francisco Manuel dos     graduate from secondary  in infants under the age of  reality compared to other  each year. Prizes - dozens of  transnational cooperation
      Santos Foundation that   education, and Lithuania  one for every 1,000 births,  countries in Europe”,  them each year, across the  within the EU.
      describes itself as ‘The  with 3.5 percent.      an average below the EU  Valente Rosa said.      EU, are awarded for                   TPN/Lusa
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