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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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Dockworkers announced new strikes in a dispute over anti-union practices and the prevalence of ca... [more]

Dockworkers announced new strikes in a dispute over anti-union practices and the prevalence of casual labour. At the end of last year, the dockworkers at Setúbal port also held a month-long strike (see our November and December newsletter) that paralysed the port and prevented the export of cars from the nearby Volkswagen plant. Trade union Sindicato dos Estivadores e da Atividade Logística (SEAL) has presented notice of strikes at national ports for six months, between 16 January 2019 and 1 July 2019. SEAL argues that with the agreement at Setúbal port the problems identified in the other national ports are not met.

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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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