The president of the Association of Portuguese Judges (ASJP) predicted on Monday that a general strike on Tuesday would have "very strong adhesion" and he thought the government's latest revision proposal was "insufficient".
Manuel Soares talked with reporters at the Justice League in Lisbon, where the ASJP leadership met dozens of court judges to consider and provide more information on the 21-day marathon of strikes that begins on Tuesday with a general stop that covers all courts in the country and involves an eye 2,300 professionals.
The PACE leader confirmed that judges are "determined" to strike, but to stay "available for talks" with the Justice Ministry (MJ), which still has a few hours to present a counterbalance that suits the claims of this professional class.
Manuel Soares admitted that MJ submitted a proposal one day before the General Assembly of the PACE (when the strike was approved), but that the proposal in question was "not acceptable". After that, "he discovered," things did not go far, "he justified, did not leave an alternative to judges, except for strikes. According to the leaders, in order for the strike to be canceled by midnight, it would be necessary for the government, the judges and the parliament agreements on a "reasonable principle", that the revision of the Statute can not cover only "half" of that letter of rights and duties, without solving the "salary blocks" created in the nineties.
Manuel Soares recalled that in the 1990s, and after the strike of 1988 judges, the state created blockades through the "law on braking", and from the perspective of judges it was not possible to revise the Statute without "looking at that question". The ASJP further considers that the agreement concluded with the judges in 2003 was breached in 2005, and the state did not solve the problem, with prejudice for the class.
Regarding the impact of the strike on the functioning of the courts and the lives of citizens, the president of the PACE acknowledged that the strike would have "social costs", stressing that "unfortunately" the judges did not have an alternative. In the course of the strike, however, minimal services, in particular those relating to basic rights and freedoms, the situation of minors at risk, the European arrest warrant (MDE) and people with mental health problems, were provided.
Although the trial for the arrested indictees is considered urgent, this situation is not covered by the proposal of minimum services presented to the Supreme Council of the Court (CSM), so that trials with detainees can not be conducted on Tuesday. The strike is convened for all judges in all courts, administrative and tax courts, the Constitutional Court and the Court of Audit, but with the exception of November 20 (general strike), the strike will be partial and applicable only in some courts,
However, the PACE has launched a public petition in favor of a class that will be delivered on December 13 to the President of the Republic, the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and parliamentary groups.