CGTP rejects labor law changes under Decent Work Agenda

“[O que pensamos sobre] this agenda which is in the Assembly of the Republic and which will be voted on Friday, is that it does not in fact guarantee this rebalancing of labor relations and that it does not guarantee the rights of workers," Isabel Camarinha said today at a press conference held in Lisbon, in which she detailed the actions planned for the national day of struggle and protest that the trade union center called this Thursday.

The general secretary of the CGTP said she rejected the amendments to the labor law which are subject to the final global vote in parliament next Friday, affirming that this position is "largely due to what they do not contain", but also, in certain areas, to the changes they will bring and which "do not guarantee the fullness of workers' rights".

Emphasizing that the balance of labor relations is "essential" and that the role of labor legislation serves "rightly" to balance a relationship "unbalanced at birth", the union leader, underlined that the various modifications of the Labor Codes have made the workers force disappear, and the Agendo do Trabalho Degnino does not change the situation since it does not revoke the “severe standards” of labor legislation.

MPs ended votes on job specialty changes under the Decent Work Agenda on Friday, with the PS expecting most of the new rules to come into force in April.

“We believe that these amendments to the labor legislation will be published during the month of March and will come into force in April,” socialist Fernando José, coordinator of the working group where the votes on the specialty took place, told Lusa. .

The government's proposal to change the labor law, as part of the Decent Work Agenda, was broadly approved in July and the specialty debate started on 29 November.

During the specialty process, some standards not initially foreseen were introduced, such as the possibility of taking sick leave for up to three days through the digital service of the National Health Service (SNS24), through self-declaration illness, with a limit of two per year.

MEPs also approved the extension of the right to telework to parents of children with a disability or chronic illness, regardless of their age.

Among the measures foreseen in the Decent Work Agenda are limits to the renewal of temporary employment contracts as well as the strengthening of the role of the Working Conditions Authority (ACT).

The document also provides for the extension of compensation to 24 days a year in the event of the termination of a fixed-term employment contract, certain or uncertain, and the increase in the value of overtime from 100 hours per year.

LT (DF) // EA

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