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After 40 days of strike by the stevedores their union SEAL and the port administration finally re... [more]

After 40 days of strike by the stevedores their union SEAL and the port administration finally reached an agreement that put an end to the strike. One of the main problems of the workers was the lack of job security and formal contracts, workers were usually just hired for one day’s work. Union and management have agreed to 56 casual workers being offered contracts by the stevedoring companies, and a further 10 to 37 being offered the same in the near future. The strike has blocked a total of over 20.000 cars from a nearby Volkswagen plant. Volkswagen had no alternative route for transporting the cars and is believed to have put pressure on the port management to come to an agreement that would end the strike.

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The government has proposed to increase the overall minimum wage from 580 euro a month to 600 eur... [more]

The government has proposed to increase the overall minimum wage from 580 euro a month to 600 euro a month. The salary for civil servants is to be increased from 580 euro a month to 635 euro a month. Employers’ organisations accepted the proposed increases of the minimum wage while trade union remain critical and demand higher wage increases. When the current government came to power in 2015, the minimum wage was 505 euro a month. The minimum wage has steadily risen over the last years but with 580 euro a month still is the lowest in western Europe.

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The country is facing a wave of industrial action over the holidays with about 50 strike warnings... [more]

The country is facing a wave of industrial action over the holidays with about 50 strike warnings being issued by workers, most of them civil workers, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. The strikes are organised in a bid to press the government into implementing further reforms and wage increases. According to the workers and their unions the current economic growth and the country having one of the lowest wages in Europe makes these demands legitimate. SEF immigration and border workers and two large private airport security groups threatening action this festive period but also operating room nurses have announced more strike actions.

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Cleaners from the STAD trade union called for industrial action on 9 November. The cleaners have ... [more]

Cleaners from the STAD trade union called for industrial action on 9 November. The cleaners have been without a collective agreement for 14 years. The workers are fighting for a collective agreement, their rights and their dignity. This includes a 30-50% bonus for night shifts, holiday pay, a Sunday premium and the application of transfer of undertaking. The workers are supported in their struggle for a collective agreement and decent pay by ISS union representatives from across Europe.

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The ILO produced an interesting report on the evolution of the labour market and the recovery of ... [more]

The ILO produced an interesting report on the evolution of the labour market and the recovery of the country that is now available online. Chapter 6 is completely dedicated to collective bargaining and the impact of legal and policy changes since 2009. The changes to collective bargaining imposed by the Troika – especially the freeze on collective bargaining at the sectoral level –had a negative impact on the level of trust between and among the tripartite actors, heightened tension and created obstacles to restoring a bargaining tradition. The 30 May 2018 tripartite agreement marks an important milestone in rebuilding a stronger culture of collective bargaining. It provides new rules with regard to the expiry and renewal of collective agreements, which can promote a more dynamic outcome to bargaining and strengthen the principle of most favourable treatment.

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The two main trade union confederations CGTP and UGTP have joined forces in a massive public stri... [more]

The two main trade union confederations CGTP and UGTP have joined forces in a massive public strike. It is the first serious joint strike action since the current government came to power. The major problem for the unions is that salaries remain low and no major increases have been proposed in the 2019 state budget. Public sector workers have had their salaries frozen for 10 years. In real terms, this equates to a 20% loss of purchasing power. A second strike has been called for 15 November.

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The National Prison Guards’ Union (SNCGP) call for a strike was followed by a large majority of p... [more]

The National Prison Guards’ Union (SNCGP) call for a strike was followed by a large majority of prison guards, with a substantial effect of visits to the establishments. The action aimed to defend the rights and interests and demanded a review of prison workers’ career status. The guards also joined the civil servants’ strike that was announced for Friday. There are currently around 4,000 guards working in 50 prisons.

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Nurses started a second batch of a six-day strike, which began on 10 and 11 October. Round two of... [more]

Nurses started a second batch of a six-day strike, which began on 10 and 11 October. Round two of the action is a strike action for four days. According to the trade unions, between 70 and 75% of nurses are adhering to the action. The action aims to press the government to table a new negotiating proposal, in line with professionals’ expectations and commitments that were already made. The demands are a review of nursing careers, the definition of conditions of access to employment categories, the salary scale, the principles of the system for performance assessment, the rules for and organisation of working time, and the conditions and criteria applicable to employment. Other claims are that the specialist nursing career is applicable to all public and National Health Service (SNS) institutions and to all nurses who work in them, independent of the type of employment contract they have.

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Trade unions that organise nurses expected a ‘massive turnout’ for a joint national strike schedu... [more]

Trade unions that organise nurses expected a ‘massive turnout’ for a joint national strike scheduled for 20 and 21 of September as they demand the government to present a new career revision proposal. They demand pay increases across the board, better career progressions and a pay supplement for specialised nurses. The supplement was agreed in 2017. However, the government sees it as a temporary provision.

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The General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP), has formulated a demand of 4% salary incr... [more]

The General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP), has formulated a demand of 4% salary increases for 2019, with a monthly increase of at least €40, and tax relief so that workers can improve their living standard. The demands were set out by the union federation’s executive committee in early September. Moreover, the national minimum wage should increase to €650 per month and a housing and tax policy compatible with household income needs to be adopted, according to the CGTP’s priorities for 2019.

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