It's an insurmountable lock. On the one hand, teachers' unions require the counting of nine years, four months and two days of service time that they have fulfilled during the freezing of careers. On the other hand, the Government, through the Ministry of Education, proposes to replace two years, nine months and 18 days. The two sides have returned to the negotiating table this week and another meeting is scheduled for next Monday, meeting the requirements of the State Budget for 2019 (ie resuming the negotiation process), but the result will be the same: a deadlock.
Predicting this outcome, Prime Minister António Costa warned on Tuesday: "If there is no solution by negotiation, the Government will once again approve the decree it has already approved." That is, the decree that established the replacement of two years, nine months and 18 days, which was vetoed in December by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pointing at the time for the obligation to be "object of a negotiation process" with the unions, as determined in the State Budget Law for 2019.
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