Unions set out key collective bargaining demands

Portugal Portugal

The two groups of public sector unions organised in the Frente Comum and FESAP federations have agreed their main collective bargaining demands for 2018. There are several common issues with unions calling for measures to tackle precarious employment, to unblock opportunities for career progression and confirm a 35-hour week for all public sector workers. The unions want to see a pay rise in 2018 that will begin to compensate workers for the loss of purchasing power since 2009, with the Frente Comum calling for at least 4% while the FESAP demand is for at least 2.5%. The federations also want to see an increase in the minimum wage for public administration with Frente Comum specifying EUR 600 a month as the target. They also want a clear commitment to a proper process of collective bargaining.

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