Nurses’ union calls national strike for March 30-31

The only chance of cancelling the 40-hour strike called by Portugal’s nursing syndicate for the last two days of March lies with a meeting next week with health minister Adalberto Campos Fernandes. Nurses are demanding a return to a 35-hour working week, in line with other public sector employees, and the ‘settling’ of over 700,000 hours of overtime that remains unpaid.

Said union president José Carlos Martins, everything hinges on the meeting in Lisbon scheduled for next Wednesday.