Firefighters Pay Increase Delayed Amidst Political Controversy and Regional Budget Approval Failure

Firefighters Pay Increase Delayed Amidst Political Controversy and Regional Budget Approval Failure - headlines in the local press

The proposal for salary increases for volunteer firefighters from seven municipalities has been interrupted due to the failure to approve the regional budget as part of the ongoing political controversy. At issue was a financing strategy of more than €35 million, which would be implemented by 2028, and would allow operatives to catch up with the (presumably national) remuneration table for firefighters.

The same newspaper also reports that the emergency room at the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, much criticised over a long period, will be subject to requalification works.

News at the Diario is also thin on the ground, with them reporting that “families are running away from credit”. Since 2009, banks have not lent so little money to companies, and Madeiran households, as occurred in 2023.

They also report on the opening of the 34th National Congress of Hotels and Tourism, which runs until tomorrow in Funchal, with several speakers such as the president of the hotel association AHP warning about the quality of the service provided, which is being marked by the lack of labour and the need for “importing immigrants” – rather unfortunate working in this woke day and age!

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