Sep. 22, 2016 (September 2016) Despite the national reform to revert to the 35-hour week across the public sector, trade unions are still having to fight to ensure all workers see their hours reduced from 40 a week. The STAL local government union organised a demonstration outside the Braga town hall on 19 September in protest at the mayor's decision to maintain the 40-hour week for workers employed by private contractors. The union plans further action if the local authority fails to implement the cut in hours. Meanwhile the SEP nurses' union is continuing its local actions around the country to secure the 35-hour week and other improvements in working conditions.
Aug. 15, 2016 (August 2016) Following their national action at the end of July (see last issue of epsucob@NEWS), nurses in the SEP trade union have been involved in a series of strikes at different hospitals around the country. Strikes at Barlavento Algarvio, Faro hospital and other institutions took place in the first half of the month and more are to follow with a five-day action planned at Tondela-Viseu in central Portugal. Read more at SEP (PT).
Aug. 15, 2016 (August 2016) The STAL local government union organised four days of industrial action at the Valorlis solid waste treatment company that operates in the Leiria district of central Portugal. The workers were on an overtime ban on 13, 14 and 15 August, followed by 24 hours of strike action on 16th. The union argues that shareholders in the privatised company have been benefitting from company profits while workers have been denied pay increases as the company claims it has had to follow government austerity measures. Read more at STAL (PT).
Aug. 02, 2016 (August 2016) Unions representing health workers from both the CGTP and UGT confederations organised strike action on 28 and 29 July calling for implementation of the 35-hour week across the health sector. The unions are angry that the decision to return to the 35-hour week across the public sector has not been fully implement in the health sector where many workers are covered by separate collective agreements that continue to apply the 40-hour week. The unions involved were Sintap, FNSTFPS and SEP. The SEP nurses' union reported 75% and more support for the strike and plans further action. Read more at Sintap (PT), SEP (PT) and FNSTFPS (PT).
Jul. 06, 2016 (July 2016) Public sector workers have won back their right to a 35-hour week. Legislation came into effect earlier this month reversing the increase to 40 hours a week pushed through as part of a range of austerity measures in 2013. Most workers benefit immediately although implementation in some cases may be delayed to ensure continuity of service. Public sector unions have been waging a high-profile campaign against the five-hour increase, negotiating hundreds of local agreements across the public sector to retain the 35-hour week. Read more at CGTP (PT) and UGT (PT).
May. 04, 2016 (May 2016) Unions representing labour inspectors organised a day of strike action on 2 May in protest at the serious deterioration of working conditions. The unions are calling for the removal of the head of the service and immediate action to tackle issue of bullying and harassment and redeployment and dismissal of workers. The unions also want to see more resources and staff to ensure that the service can effectively tackle workplace issues and tackle precarious work. Read more at SIT (PT)
Jan. 28, 2016 Three public service unions, including the SEP nurses' union, are taking strike action on 29 January as part of their campaign to defend the 35-hour week. The government attempted to impose a 40-hour week across the public sector over two years ago but met with widespread opposition. Unions have managed to negotiate hundreds of local agreements to retain the 35-hour week. In its action the SEP nurses' union is also highlighting the challenges its members face in trying to maintain services in the face of job cuts and increase sickness absence arising from the pressure of work.Read more at > SEP (PT)->www.sep.org.pt][And at > FNSTFPS (PT)
Dec. 18, 2015 The Frente Comum of public service unions, including local government union STAL, has set out its list of key demands for negotiations in 2016. Central to the unions' claim is restoration of the pay and conditions that have been cut or frozen since austerity measures were implemented in 2011. In terms of pay this is not just about restoring pay levels but also re-establishing other pay rights such as overtime rights. And one of the main demands is the revocation of the law requiring public sector workers to increase their working week to 40 hours without any compensating pay increase. Public sector unions have negotiated hundreds of local agreements to retain the 35-hour week but there is still a problem about getting these legally recognised.Read more at > STAL (PT)
Nov. 09, 2015 Public sector unions have set out key demands for an end to pay cuts, a return to the 35-hour week and other measures to reverse the austerity imposed on workers over the last five years. The unions are underlining the need for a proper process of collective bargaining to negotiate the changes in the face of continuing political uncertainty following the recent general election. Read more at > STAL (PT)And at > SINTAP (PT)
Sep. 30, 2015 In 2013 the government imposed a 40-hour week on public sector workers. This was a five-hour increase without compensation. This prompted unions to begin a collective bargaining campaign across the public sector to negotiate agreements with local and regional employers to retain the 35-hour week. Unions like STAL and SINTAP have signed hundreds of agreements with government agencies, local authorities and other public bodies which keep the 35-hour week.Read more at > STAL (PT)And at > SINTAP (PT)
Apr. 15, 2015 The STAL local government union is organising a national demonstration in Lisbon on 22 April calling an increase in salaries and the minimum wage. The union is also continuing its campaign to block the government-imposed 40-hour week and for recognition of the hundreds of local agreements its has negotiated to retain the 35-hour week. Read more at > STAL (PT)
Mar. 13, 2015 The STAL local government union reports a high level of support across local government for the one-day strike (13 March). The strike was the latest in a series of protests against attacks on workers' rights, pay freezes and in support of the unions' struggle to retain the 35-hour working week. Figures from STAL show the extent to which workers across a range of services have backed the strike including waste workers, transport, parks and gardens and administration. Strike action was also supported by other EPSU affiliatesRead more at > STAL (PT)And at > SINTAP (PT)And at > STE (PT)->www.ste.pt][And at > APIT (PT)
Feb. 27, 2015 The STAL local government and other public sector unions in the Frente Comum of the CGTP confederation are planning a one-day strike on 13 March. The main issues in the action are pay, protecting services and the continuing campaign to secure formal recognition of the hundreds of local agreements that have been negotiated to retain the 35-hour week.Read more at > STAL (PT)
Dec. 18, 2014 The STAL local government union is planning a series of actions in early 2015 in protest at further austerity measures and to defend the 35-hour week. The union reports that pay cuts of 2.8%-8% are foreseen for those on more than €1500 a month with those below facing a pay freeze that has lasted since 2009. Another 12000 jobs will also be cut from public administration. Public sector unions have managed to negotiated over 530 local agreements to retain the 35-hour week but the struggle is now to get these legally recognised. So far only 30 have been formally published. The union protest will begin on 6 January, with a week of action beginning 26 January and a further protest in February. Meanwhile the SINTAP union organised a strike on 4 December at the ISS social security institution in protest at the threat to nearly 700 jobs.Read more at > STAL (PT)And at > SINTAP (PT)
Nov. 28, 2014 Nurses are continuing their campaign for more jobs and for improvements in pay and conditions, including working time. The SEP trade union reported high levels of support for the two days of action on 14 and 21 November. The actions put SEP in a strong position in the lead up to negotiations with the health ministry will take place on 15 December.Read more at > EPSU (EN)And at > SEP (PT)