Portugal: Over 75pct of nurses join first day of two-day strike

Over 75% of nurses in Portugal joined the first day of a two-day national strike on Friday, according Guadalupe Simões, from the Portuguese Nurses’ Union

Lisbon – On Thursday, the services most affected due to the strike were out patients, operating theatres and health centres.

Portugal’s nursing unions began a two-day national strike on Thursday morning to pressure the government to present a better proposal for nursing careers.

The unions are also demanding extra pay for specialist nurses, the hiring of more professionals, a minimum wage of €1,600, the possibility of reaching the top of the superior technical career and retirement before the age of 66.

The strike was called by all the nursing unions across the country.

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