Fenprof says the minister of education is unable to stand if he refuses negotiation – Politics

The secretary general of the National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof) this Thursday accused the minister of Education of maintaining the negotiating block with the unions and argued that, for this reason, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues is unable to remain in office.

This Thursday, Fenprof went to the Ministry of Education to deliver four negotiation proposals, on the eve of the delivery of the State Budget proposal for 2022 (OE2022) to the Assembly of the Republic, but the union structure was not received by any member of the minister’s office or of the secretaries of state and the indication to leave the documents at the entrance aggravated the criticisms.

“Education has a minister with a very low democratic dimension, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues does not have the conditions, from a democratic point of view, to be a minister,” he began by attacking Mário Nogueira in statements to journalists.

For the general secretary of Fenprof, the way in which the directors were received represents another sign of Tiago Brandão Rodrigues’ position regarding the negotiation with the unions and reflects a disrespect for the teachers’ representatives.

“It is the complete denial of what the institutional relationship should be, of what the so-called social dialogue should be that fills the mouths of government officials,” accused Mário Nogueira, recalling that the last time Fenprof sat at the table with the minister of Education was in January 2020.

The Government’s OE2022 proposal will be delivered to the Assembly of the Republic on Monday and, for Mário Nogueira, this would be the time for the Ministry of Education to listen to the unions’ proposals again.

This is the expectation of that union structure, but its secretary general regrets that, in line with the situation that took place this Thursday, the representatives of professionals in this sector do not yet know what the executive’s intentions are.

“In Education, we don’t even know what the minister foresees in State Budget 2022, because there was no meeting to give this explanation,” he said.

The proposals that Fenprof took this Thursday to the Ministry of Education are not new and similar documents had already been delivered in March, on competitions for the placement of teachers, hours and other working conditions, retirement and career regularization .

At this stage, the representatives again insist on the themes, arguing that the problems cannot be maintained and that the discussion of SO 2022 is the ideal moment to try to solve them.

“We have the State Budget at the door, it is the penultimate of this legislature. We know that the Government’s program foresees an investment in public schools and the need to have respected, valued professionals. It is written there and, therefore, it seems to us that it is entering now in the final phase of the legislature, it is time for there to be at least one sign of this”, defended Mário Nogueira.

In this sense, and recognizing that it will not be possible to “solve the problems all at once”, Fenprof expects a sign of appreciation from professionals with the end of what it considers to be a negotiation block imposed by the tutelage. Otherwise, insists Mário Nogueira, the Minister of Education once again shows that he is not in a position to remain in office.

In addition to the Government, Fenprof will also try to sit down at the table with the parliamentary groups, and a meeting with the PCP is already scheduled on Wednesday.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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