"What we asked the President is not to enact, therefore, veto this decree-law, insofar as it does not comply with an enhanced value law, in this case we are talking about the law of the State Budget for 2019," he said. the secretary general of Fenprof, Mário Nogueira, to journalists after leaving an audience with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Representatives of the National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof), the National Federation of Education (FNE), the Union of Educators and Licensed Teachers (SEPLEU) and the National Union of Professors Licensed by the Polytechnics and Universities (SPLIU) were today welcomed by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to whom they presented their arguments to the President of the Republic not to promulgate the decree-law approved in Council of Ministers on Thursday.
The diploma approved by the government only considers for career progression two and a half years of the time of service that the teachers saw frozen, against the nine years, four months and 29 claimed by the unions.
"It seemed to us that the President was very much touched by our arguments. This is not to say that you are going to make a decision or another, we do not know. Nor was that what we came here to ask the President to tell us. We have come to bring topics for the President's reflection, "said the trade unionist.
According to Mário Nogueira, who was the spokesman for the group, the intention of the meeting was to report to the President "on the spot" what they consider to be illegal and unconstitutional in the government's diploma, as well as issues of justice and rights and show the their will to see the law vetoed.
Mário Nogueira said that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa questioned the unions about the possibility of losing the two and a half years proposed by the Government in the face of a possible "lead", and that the answer was that, in such a situation, the situation would shift to the responsibility of parliament and to a new negotiating framework for the 2019 State Budget.
The unionist reiterated the teachers' claims on a day when a partial strike warning was issued between October 15 and December 31, and said that the head of state was interested and "aware" of the issues presented in a meeting that lasted about 50 minutes.
Mário Nogueira called for the mobilization of teachers in the struggle between the class unions and the Government. "You have to come to the street," he said, adding that "the struggle of teachers is not done in the classroom."
The teachers' unions consider that the status of the teaching career has to be respected and that "it is the most elementary justice that all the working time they have fulfilled is accounted for, and the unilateral decision of the Government to reject more than six and a half years of their professional life for career purposes ".