The president of the Association of Portuguese Judges (ASJP) announced on Monday that the general strike on Tuesday would have "very strong tangibility" and considered that the government's latest proposal to amend the statute was "inadequate".
Manuel Soares spoke with journalists at the Justice Court in Lisbon, where the ASJP's management met with dozens of judicial judges in order to consider and provide more information on the 21-day marathon of strikes that begins on Tuesday, a general shutdown that covers all courts in the country and involves about 2,300 experts.
The PACE leader confirmed that the judges were "determined" for the strike, but remain "available for speech" with the Ministry of Justice (MJ), which still has a few hours to submit a counter-proposal that meets the demands of this expert class.
Manuel Soares confirmed that MJ submitted a proposal one day before the General Assembly of the PACE (when the strike was approved), but the proposal in question was "not acceptable". After that, "he revealed," things did not go very far, "which, justifiably, left no room for judges, except for strikes. In the opinion of the leader that today's strike would be canceled today by midnight, it would be necessary to the government, the judges and the parliament agree on a "reasonable principle", ie that the statute revision can not cover only "half" of this letter of rights and obligations, without resolving the "blockade of wages" that emerged in the 1990s.
Manuel Soares drew attention to the fact that in the 1990s and after the sentence of the judges of 1988, the blockade was created through the "law on brakes" and from the judges' viewpoint it was not possible to revise the statute without "looking at this issue". The PSC further considers that the agreement reached with the judges in 2003 was violated in 2005 and the state did not solve the problem of encroaching on the class.
Regarding the impact of the strike on the functioning of the courts and the lives of citizens, the President of the PJP confirmed that the strike would have "social costs" and insisted that, unfortunately, they had no alternative. Minimum services, in particular those relating to fundamental rights and freedoms, the situation of minors at risk, the European arrest warrant (MDE) and persons with mental health problems, are guaranteed during the strike.
Although the treatment of the trial of prison detainees is considered urgent, this case does not cover the proposal of minimum services submitted to the Supreme Judicial Council (CSM), so that no trial can be held on Tuesday with detainees who were in custody. The item was convened for all judges in all courts, administrative and tax courts, the Constitutional Court and the Court of Auditors, but with the exception of November 20 (general strike), the sentence will be partial and enforced only in some courts,
However, the ASJP has launched a public petition for the benefit of the class, which will be delivered to the President of the Republic, the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and parliamentary groups on 13 December.