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The Frente Comum group of public service unions has criticised the government for failing to resp... [more]

The Frente Comum group of public service unions has criticised the government for failing to respect existing collective bargaining arrangements in the public sector. The government has put forward reforms to public sector pensions without going through the proper procedure for consultation. Instead of negotiating directly with public sector unions the government will use a social dialogue forum that includes private sector employers. The Frente Comum unions are concerned about the impact of the proposed pension reforms which could reduce rights for workers to retire from 60 with 40 years' service, for example.

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After an earlier strike action between 15-18 April 2019 fuel-tanker drivers threatened a new stri... [more]

After an earlier strike action between 15-18 April 2019 fuel-tanker drivers threatened a new strike to back up their demands for better pay and conditions. In the previous stoppage in April 2,000 petrol stations ran low on fuel supplies and government was prompted to declare an energy crisis. This meant reduced airports’ fuel reserves to emergency levels, disrupted flights and forced motorists to queue for hours outside petrol stations. Further strike actions that were planned to happen in May 2019 are called off as negotiations re-opened. According to the unions their demand for a minimum wage of 1,200 euros had not been agreed to but bosses have accepted to raise salaries to very near that figure.

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SNTCT trade union members have negotiated their first-ever collective agreement with UPS that ent... [more]

SNTCT trade union members have negotiated their first-ever collective agreement with UPS that entered the countries’ market in 1993. The five-year agreement provides annual wage increases, new avenues for advancement in the company, more vacation days, and more pay for night and supplementary work.

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Ryanair pilots have voted in favour of a collective-labour agreement that covers the next four ye... [more]

Ryanair pilots have voted in favour of a collective-labour agreement that covers the next four years. After multiple strikes across the continent more than a year ago Ryanair decided that it would recognise trade unions and has been negotiating collective-labour agreements with pilots and cabin crew. The agreement governing pay and conditions was negotiated between Ryanair and the pilot union SPAC to cover all of the airline’s directly employed pilots in the country.

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Following the strikes in the public sector last month (see our February newsletter), the countrie... [more]

Following the strikes in the public sector last month (see our February newsletter), the countries’ largest teachers’ union federation organised a national protest in demand of higher wages. ETUCE stands in solidarity with the teachers and states that the teachers demand concrete and tangible improvements. They should not be punished and suffer unfair treatment for having provided quality service during times of recession and budget cuts in education. The ETUCE writes that they support FNE, FENPROF and SINDEP in their demand to the Portuguese government to stop making small concessions and commit to an important step in investing in teaching staff and quality education.

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According to the countries’ largest trade union federation CGTP proposes to raise the minimum wag... [more]

According to the countries’ largest trade union federation CGTP proposes to raise the minimum wage to 650 euro a month. According to the union raising minimum wages has a stronger impact in the battle to reduce gender equality than guaranteeing a higher percentage of female board directors. Because 27% of women were on the minimum national wage compared to 17% of men, according to CGTP figures inequality between men and women have been decreased by 1.6% if minimum salaries were raised to 650 euro a month.

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Public workers in hospitals, schools and rubbish collection went on a nationwide strike on 14-15 ... [more]

Public workers in hospitals, schools and rubbish collection went on a nationwide strike on 14-15 February 2019 demanding the government to raise wages in the public sector. The government promised to increase the salaries of the lowest paid workers in 2019 but unions say the pay of around 600.000 public sector staff has been frozen for the last 10 years. Nurses were already holding strategic strike actions that prevented many operations from the beginning of the months. The nurses went on strike in demand of better pay and working conditions and have ignored a government order to get back to work. The leader of one of the main nurses’ unions even started a hunger strike after prosecutors declared the three-week-long walkout by surgical nurses unlawful and threatened to impose penalties on those still taking part. FENPROF, FNE and eight other education trade unions also joined the national public sector strike. The teachers went on strike to protest the Government's decision to recover only 2 years, 9 months and 18 days of the frozen service time for teachers. A large national demonstration of teachers and educators is scheduled on 23 March 2019 in Lisbon.

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Public sector trade unions called out a national strike for 15 February 2019 in order to demand h... [more]

Public sector trade unions called out a national strike for 15 February 2019 in order to demand higher wages. The unions are angry with the government’s lack of proposals to raise salaries in the public sector. The government proposed to raise salaries for the public service from 580 euro a month in 2019 to 635.07 euro a month in 2019 but unions demand a bigger increase in wages. The salary increase in 2019 is expected to cover around 70.000 civil servants and could cost 50 million euro.

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By carrying out thousands of raids on farms suspected of trapping poor migrants in unpaid work th... [more]

By carrying out thousands of raids on farms suspected of trapping poor migrants in unpaid work the government tries to put an end to labour trafficking and exploitation in the agricultural sector. However, with less than 20 inspectors available for the job, authorities lack capacity to inspect most properties where workers are being abused. A recent report by the European Commission showed than in the period 2015-16 the country had a higher proportion of labour trafficking victims per one million of the population than any other European Union state except Malta.

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According to trade union federation CGTP, the privatisations that were carried out in the last de... [more]

According to trade union federation CGTP, the privatisations that were carried out in the last decades harmed workers and worsened the quality of public services. During a meeting the union stated that workers in companies involved in privatisations had lost rights and working conditions and that privatisations led to an increased inequality between the coastal areas and the inland areas where essential public services have been cut down.

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