SEF plans strikes for October

Union members from the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), the foreigners and frontiers service, have agreed a series of strikes next month. The union agreed to strike on October 12, 13 and 14.

An additional demonstration before the strike was also agreed on an, as yet, unannounced date. A union source said they agreed to strike following a change in the job status of 70 inspectors, who have been working on temporary grades since Euro 2004. The strike also aims to resolve the status of SEF workers, who are employed on eight-year contracts. The same source stressed that these workers dealt with 5,000 people a day and generated receipts of 40 million euros a year for the state. The SEF’s union has indicated that they have handed over files about the cases to Secretary of State, José Magalhães.