Portuguese parliament rejects proposal to cut welfare tax

Page created: Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:48 GMT

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Portugal’s parliament rejected on Wednesday a government proposal to cut the social security tax companies pay on the minimum wage, in the first such defeat for the administration after two far-left allies opposed the move.

The minority Socialist government came to power at the end of 2015 with the backing of the Communists and Left Bloc with a promise of reversing austerity and returning more income to workers after a 2011-14 international bailout.