Portugal: 100% of healthcare workers at several hospitals join strike

Page created: Friday, 20 January 2017 15:05 GMT

Healthcare workers  Strike

Lisbon, Jan. 20 (Lusa) – The Portuguese healthcare workers’ strike saw 100% support in some hospitals in the north and centre of the country and in Lisbon on Friday, said Luís Pesca, head of the National Federation of Public and Social Workers’ Unions.


Healthcare workers are on general strike across the country on Friday calling for new staff to be hired, demanding the creation of a career structure and application of a 35-hour week for all workers in the sector.


“In the north of the country we have Gaia Hospital, Pedro Hispano Hospital, Matosinhos Hospital, Barcelos Hospital, Guimarães Hospital, São João Hospital, Santo António Hospital (Porto) and Chaves Hospital with 100% support for the strike and providing only minimum levels of service,” Pesca said.


According to the head of the Federation of Unions workers at hospitals in the Coimbra, Douro, Leiria, Tondela and Viseu areas also fully supported the strike.


According to a statement sent to Lusa early on Friday morning, in Lisbon Santa Maria Hospital and São José Hospital recorded support for the strike of 80% and 95%, while Estefânia Hospital and the Alfredo da Costa Maternity Hospital supported the strike 100%, and all were offering minimum levels of service.