10 thoughts on “Portuguese workers’ rights attacked by European Union

  1. we used to know that if there is a struggle between workers and employers , then all laws favors the side of the workers, but what we see these days, is that if you got money, then you can to whatever you want

    • Hi, indeed there has been shift in many countries since, eg, the days of Margaret Thatcher and the fall of the Soviet Union.

      One of the reasons of that shift, I think, is that before the fall of the Soviet Union, governments and bosses often made concessions to workers. Because they were afraid that if there would not be any pro-worker reforms, then workers might become communist and start a revolution like in 1917 in Russia. In this way, the Soviet Union acted as a brake on anti-worker policies in non-Soviet bloc countries (which does not mean that the Soviet Union was perfect and that there never was anything wrong with it).

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  4. Portuguese hotel workers strike

    Staff at the Navegadores hotel in Monte Gordo announced their intention of going on strike from August 13 against poorly paid overtime and unspecified hours of working on public holidays.

    According to a statement issued by the Algarve Hotels Union, the employees at the hotel have not yet received their salaries for the months of June or July.

    “With this strike, staff at the hotel aim to contest the recently revised labour legislation, as they say it represents ‘violence and brutality’ by reducing the amount paid for overtime and allowing for free labour during public holidays,” reported the Portugal News.

    The new legislation facilitates sacking employees, eliminating public holidays, reducing paid holidays and deregulating workers’ timetables by annulling or suspending previous agreements.

    The staff have called for all workers on contract to be awarded a permanent contract and for qualified personnel to be hired to fill in the gaps in departments with shortages.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/aug2012/wkrs-a17.shtml

  5. Hotel employees in Portugal strike over labour legislation

    On August 15 staff employed at hotels, resorts and restaurants in the Algarve, Portugal began a period of strikes. Workers are protesting changes made by the government to the national Labour Code, implemented on August 1 by the government of President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

    As a result, hotel industry workers must now work overtime and provide labour on public holidays without receiving higher pay levels.

    Tiago Jacinto, coordinator for the Workers Union of Hospitality Industry in the Algarve, said, “The measures now implemented by the Government will have a very negative impact, particularly with regard to overtime, which reduces rates and compensatory time off by half.”

    Elidérico Viegas, president of the Algarve Hotels and Resorts Association, told the Algarve Resident that the government’s legislation would be “overall very positive, but could have been more ambitious.”

    He commented that the trade unions had been fully complicit in the implementation of the Labour Code legislation, stating, “These new measures were agreed by all the social partners and the government, except one Union—CGTP—having been the subject of a large consensus.”

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/aug2012/wkrs-a24.shtml

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