By 2018-11-05 InPortugal

New strike threatens to tip judicial backlog over the million mark

Today (Monday November 5) court workers started a new form of industrial action that will see them working four-hour days until the end of the year.

After the perennial summer ‘go-slow’, the country is faced with even further sloth in tackling a rising tide of unresolved cases.

At last count these were tipping the one million mark.

The government has announced ‘crack new teams’ of magistrates to come in and clear up, but with workers ‘going slow’ until the year end, progress is certain to be conditioned.

This is a dispute which much like that of the country’s teachers goes back to pay and conditions frozen during the crisis years.

Workers are demanding ‘restitution’ of everything taken from them over a period of nine years, four months and two days (the exact same period at issue with teachers).

As for the hours they will be working, these appear to be from 11am to 12.30, and then in the afternoon from 1.30 to 4pm.

There has also been a full day’s strike called for November 16 – the day the Minister of Justice is due to talk about money allocated to her department in the State Budget 2019 – and another five-day strike between January 7 and 11.

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