Prison guards call two-day strike for March 24-25

Unhappy with the government’s “unfulfilled promises”, the national prison guards union (SNCGO) has called a two-day strike for March 24-25.

Union president Jorge Alves says the strike is due to the delays in the application of prison guards’ new “professional status (estatuto professional)” – approved last year but still to be applied.

The new status is designed to regulate guards’ work schedule, career progression opportunities and wage increases.

“There isn’t enough money for these promises,” Jorge Alves, president of the prison guards’ union told Lusa, stressing there is also a “lack of will to solve and discuss these issues”.

Thus guards are demanding a “quick solution”. “Other strikes will be scheduled for April”, he warned, “if the government fails to fulfil its promises”. Guards have actually been on partial strike all this month – refusing certain night and weekend shifts.

Their latest announcement coincided with the day the country geared up for another national strike, expected to see all major services cut to the bone.