Judges at the Famalicão and Guimarães courts held interviews this morning, between 09:00 and 11:00, paralyzing the service, following a protest called the Union of Judges. Some strikes will take place on 31 December. The trade union source told O MINHO that membership was almost total.
A regional gathering for the Braga region in Praça da Justiça is scheduled for 21 November.
As we learned, in Vila Nova de Famalicão 81 of the 89 employees were on strike, eight of whom did not attend work. In Guimaraes, in the central courthouse of Creixomil, on the outskirts of the city, membership – the Union says – was complete, with 43 employees paralyzing.
The suspension meant that several hearings had to be postponed or some citizens were forced to wait two hours to receive documents or court information.
"Our struggle surpasses the demand for better wages We want training and specialization for all court employees as we are an important pillar of justice The minister must realize that there is a lack of judicial staff in the courts The average age is 48 years and is exposed daily in situations of violence due to procedures and without any psychological support, "said union spokesman Joaquim Queirós to journalists at the door of the Famalicão Court.
The requirements, which are already old, go through the professional status and pay scale, the issues related to career entry, offers and the pension scheme.
These workers also require re-education of careers by enumerating the nine-year, four-month and two-day service that have been frozen with fiscal checks. The Union of Judicial Inspectors (SFJ) intends to resume negotiations on the adoption of a professional status that recognizes the real dignity of the class.
"For more than a year and a half, negotiations have begun and so far no progress has been made on the part of the government. Our struggle must continue," said Joaquim Queirós, while court officials were singing the national anthem and shouting to the Minister of Justice : "Francisca, listen! Workers are fighting! We want what is ours!"
In Guimarães, trade union representative Carlos Borges appealed to the Tribunal's door for the participation of all, at a meeting called at Comarca de Braga on 21 November.
"The Minister cut off the negotiations in a radical way, so we will continue to strive for a better justice not only for our workers but also for the citizens of that country," he said.
Meanwhile, Court, Judicial, Administrative and Fiscal Court officials will meet on Friday between 9 am and 11 am in plenary to discuss the binding evidence submitted by the sector to the Ministry of Custody
The trade union plenary takes place at the door of the building, since the Court does not have rooms. During the plenary, most steps, including crises, will remain immovable.
Judicial officers are also preparing a strike scheduled for November 21st.