CGTP understands that the State Budget (OE) proposal for 2021 does not respond to the fundamental problems of the country, asking for a change of direction in governance, namely through greater appreciation of careers in public administration and increases in pensions. In a statement, the inter-union center made its formal position on the document known, expressing several measures that it wants to see included in future discussions.
Based on the premise that domestic demand will be key to tackling the pandemic, in addition to the effect that the inter-union point in the performance of the national economy in recent years, CGTP proposes that the national minimum wage be increased “to 850 euros in the short term”, 100 euros above the goal set by the executive for 2023. In addition, the central wants an immediate increase of 90 euros for all workers, including in the civil service, and the reduction of the weekly schedule to 35 hours, old flags of the confederation.
The fight against the pandemic also deserves some criticism from CGTP, which wants companies supported by the progressive recovery mechanism to guarantee the totality of wages and be prohibited from firing, in addition to asking for the definition of criteria in addition to the break in billing for the qualification of support. .
The inter-union also argues that the lay-off it is mainly a measure of support for companies, given that it means “wage cuts when subsidizing wages”, and uses this example to demystify the idea that measures aimed at the business fabric are lacking.
CGTP also sees gaps in its OE proposal in terms of social support. In addition to the aforementioned request for an increase in pensions, the inter-union advocates several changes to the unemployment benefit and social unemployment benefit regime, the majority related to the increase in their value, the extension of the period in which they are paid or the relaxation of conditions of access to them.
Finally, the body led by Isabel Camarinha criticizes the disinvestment of recent years in the areas of health, justice and education, for which it asks for larger amounts than those set out in the proposal hitherto known to the OE. The inter-union stresses that, despite the push made by European funds, the amount allocated to Portugal does not cover the loss of GDP recorded so far, so that greater public investment in these areas will be central.