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Posted by portugalpress on December 03, 2018

Well into their open-ended strike action at five major hospitals, nurses union leaders have vowed to keep going until the government “assumes a serious commitment to negotiations”.

Up till now, thousands of scheduled operations have been cancelled at hospitals in Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon and Setúbal (click here).

Reports suggest every day that passes, another 500 surgeries ‘bite the dust’.

Initially, syndicates involved promised to spare urgent cases and cancer patients. This latter group, however, appear also to have been affected.

As for the government, it is purportedly investigating the legality of a strike that goes endlessly on for as many as 40 days.

One of the government’s ‘arguments’ against this latest form of industrial action is that the country is approaching a peak flu season, meaning demands on the State health service are already stretched.

Nurses, however, say enough is enough. They have been waiting as many as 13 years for a pay rise; their chances of promotion have been frozen - and years of promises and stop-start negotiations have failed to change anything.