According to information from the National Federation of Education (FNE), the nine trade union organizations will be received by the coordinator and deputy coordinator of the representation in Lisbon of the European Commission, to whom they will make known "persistent inequalities".
"Particularly in relation to teachers with a fixed-term contract, but also among teachers of the staff, with overtakes in the career and in the competitions for the placement of teachers," says FNE.
They will also address other issues, such as "restrictions on the exercise of union activity, with some schools imposing minimum services when union meetings are held, and the right to strike."
The trade unions understand that there is "room for steps that the European bodies can develop", although they consider that "the problems that affect teachers have to be solved by the bodies of national power, namely the Government and the Assembly of the Republic".
"With regard to the European Parliament, contacts will be made through the political parties that elected MEPs, and meetings have already been requested from all of them; this meeting is intended to provide the European Commission with various information, requesting an intervention with the Government Portuguese," says FNE.
For the unions, a possible recourse to European legal bodies will only be possible after the exhaustion of the national bodies, "with which they are developing the indispensable actions, by which they seek to solve the problems of career overtaking, as well as to challenge the illegal minimum services that were imposed on teachers on days of strike".
Teaching inequalities to be made known to the European Commission
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