The Portuguese teachers' unions have called a national demonstration for June 15th and a strike for the following Monday - the first day of exams. Teachers say they have no choice, since if they do not take action now, thousands of teachers will lose their jobs over the summer.

Portugal's government is attacking public services including education in an attempt to appease the troika - the European Union, the European Central Bank and the IMF. They are increasing hours from 35 to 40 a week, increasing lesson time and class sizes. Teachers say that this will lead to 35,000 teachers losing their jobs as well as significantly worsening public education in the country.

Last January, teachers held a mass demonstration against the cuts.