Civil service unions demand restitution of bailout cuts, 4% pay rise

Page created: Thursday, 10 September 2015 9:09 GMT

Civil Service Unions  Public Sector  Wages

The main trade union platform for Portugal’s public sector employees on Wednesday demanded that salaries and pensions be immediately restored to their level before the cuts of the past few years that the government has termed temporary, along with a salary increase of 4% for next year with a minimum of €50 a month extra for all workers.

“We demand the immediate restitution of all salaries, bonuses and pensions that have been taken from us since 2011, including welfare benefits and the freezing of career progressions,” the coordinator of the Common Front of Civil Service Unions, Ana Avoila, told Lusa.

She said the additional proposed increase in salaries was necessary to offset “the brutal increase in the cost of living and the loss of purchasing power” of civil servants in the past four years.

The Front’s demands are outlined in a document to be presented at a union summit on 21 October. It is making them later than usual this year, because of the date of the general election, 4 October.

That day, Avoila said, should be a “day of struggle” for union members.

Most public sector workers have seen their pay cut as part of measures required under Portugal’s euro-zone bailout, which it sought in 2011.