Portuguese teachers will be on strike along with other public sector unions against the government's austerity policies. The unions sum up their demands as the fight for decent pay, for the 35 hour week, for employment rights and against the destruction of public services and local democracy.

Portugal has been subject to an international 'bail out', which was followed by harsh austerity measures and attacks on pensions, salaries and workers rights. Although the country has come out of the bail out, the ruling coalition is continuing with the policy of trying to reduce its budget deficit by making vicious cuts to services and living standards. These policies, which hit hardest at the poor and vulnerable, brought thousands out on the streets of Lisbon last Sunday demanding the resignation of the Pedro Coelho government. Coelho himself is embroiled in a scandal about unpaid taxes.

Teachers in Portugal have endured cuts to their pay and cuts to school budgets and an ever increasing workload burden, caused in part by accountability measures like evaluation tests for experienced teachers. Teachers were out in force at the end of last year, protesting these measures.

Tomorrow's public sector strike is just the latest stage in the campaign in Portugal against cuts and austerity. At the height  of the bail out in 2012, millions took to the streets and succeeded in turning back some of the key austerity measures.