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Posted by portugalpress on September 10, 2018

After a three-month summer break Portuguese schools are set to start reopening this week with teachers up and down the country still at loggerheads with the government over ‘frozen pay’ issues.

Union leader Mário Nogueira has called education minister Tiago Brandão Rodrigues a “swindler” for issuing a uniliteral statement to the press, and vows to take the situation to the International Labour Organisation and European Court of Human Rights.

Brandão Rodrigues’ press statement centred on a new law paving the way to pay teachers for just two years, nine months and 18 days of the nine years, four months and two days in which they have suffered “frozen” pay scales.

Teachers say this is simply not acceptable.

Even president Marcelo has commented that negotiations have had a “less good” outcome than he had hoped for.

Marcelo is due to meet syndicate representatives, who are now calling for the dismissal of Brandão Rodrigues.