Portugal -Public sector unions put forward wage claim -September 14, 2011

The Frente Comum group of public sector unions has set out its main demands for improvements in pay and conditions for 2012. It is challenging the government and the recommendations of the troika of European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The unions want the salary cuts of 2011 reversed and an increase in 2012 that reflects inflation with a minimum increase of €50. Among the range of other demands is a call for the government to tackle the spread of precarious work across the public sector. Meanwhile the SINTAP trade union has also attacked government plans to cut 10,000 more jobs in 2012, maintain the 5% pay cut and freeze pay until 2014. The union argues that the government has not done enough to tackle waste in public spending.

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/437

Potuguese: http://www.sintap.pt/


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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