Unions push for better pay and conditions for firefighters

Portugal

The SINTAP and STAL trade unions have called for a wide range of improvements to the pay and conditions of both public sector and voluntary firefighters. SINTAP members joined a lobby of the government on 1 February and set out their demands, including updating of various allowances covering risk, hardship and permanent availability; revision of the Staff Statute of Professional Firefighters of Local Administration; updating pay scales – (not done since 2002, with exception of the annual increases resulting from the State Budget); and revision of retirement age. Meanwhile, STAL has been making the case for volunteer firefighters, calling for, among other demands, a 15% wage increase; exemption from shift and night work after 20 years’ service; a right to career, professional category and job stability; fair retirement provision; and compensation for overtime work and the payment of shift allowances.

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