The Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) on Monday proposed to recalculate the supplementary benefits for work accident pensions, on the basis of the national minimum wage. The Communists understand that the additional benefits to support the third party are "insignificant" and that it is necessary to strengthen the protection of workers and their families, victims of accidents at work.
To respond to the difficulties created by accidents at work, the PCP has presented four bills to Parliament. In one of these projects, the party led by Jerónimo de Sousa warns that accidents at work sometimes result in the victim's need to turn to third parties who can assist him in carrying out various tasks. tasks, which translates into "dependency situations".
However, the PCP considers that the additional third-party support services currently allocated and that often around "the 80/85 euros per month" are "insignificant" and that it is "imperative" that they be recalculated, with " indexation "Be made with reference to the national minimum wage and not with reference to the IAS" (social support index), "because they are substitute benefits for income from work and especially taking into account the fact which is at its origin - work accident ".
Entities that do not comply with the recalculation of additional third-party support services are subject to a “fine of at least UA 80”, ie more than 8 thousand euros.
The PCP also proposes the revision of the system of permanent alimony to the third person, namely, the extension of the system to the period of temporary incapacity, "which is of the most elementary justice and even essential so that the victim and his family are not obliged to bear the costs inherent in the situation of permanent incapacity resulting from the work accident ”.
Against the “injustices” created by insurance companies
The PCP also wants to correct “the injustice” in which the victims at work “are not compensated for all the damages suffered in the accident, except in the event of fault of the employer in the production of the accident”. In a bill, the Communists propose to provide for "compensation for all damage, material and non-material, produced independently of the fault of the employer".
The party also warns that, for the sake of reducing costs and taking into account the inadequacy of controls, there are more and more companies which "do not transfer the responsibility for the risks of accidents at work to insurers" , which increases the number of workers (some with precarious employment contracts) without adequate protection, and insurers are pressuring the injured to return to work, "even in situations where they are still unable to carry out their professional activities ”.
To respond to this, the PCP wishes to “modify the rules for choosing the attending physician, in order to ensure the necessary independence in the assessment of the time of discharge, by attributing the respective skills to the physician who, at the time, assists the victim, namely the family doctor “. He also suggests that the victim can turn to another doctor, if she is sent to work without being able to do so.
If the injury does not manifest itself immediately after the accident, the PCP wants to be the employer to prove that it "did not result from it and assume all the expenses and charges involved".
"It cannot be the victim, who has already suffered the loss of the accident, to be held responsible and to suffer more losses due to the fault and / or the fault of the responsible entity (ie the employer, or the insurer), which means that the victim can end up without any income, ”he defends himself.
Increased worker participation and 1% support for ANDST
The PCP also wants to promote the participation of workers in matters of occupational safety and health and to deepen "the space to assert the freedom of organization and self-management of workers' organizations, in defense of the right to work under conditions of security. and health, with the aim of adapting procedures to ensure the full exercise of workers' rights ”.
In a fourth bill, the PCP proposes that the amount of fines resulting from violations of the rules on accidents at work be returned "by 1% to the National Association of Persons with Disabilities at Work" (ANDST), with the aim of " contribute to strengthening the ANDST with the aim of maintaining and expanding the services it offers to injured workers and workers suffering from occupational diseases ”.
59% of fines, according to the PCP, should go to the state coffers and 40% to the Caisse des accidents du travail.