Portugal consultation center

Source 1 (Portuguese): Article


Summary: This article states that the EU recognizes workers’ right to be informed, consulted, and participate in workplace decisions. The EU has adopted directives to guarantee these rights and supports social dialogue between companies and worker representatives.

Here are the key points:

  • The EU recognizes workers’ right to information, consultation, and participation.
  • The EU has adopted directives to guarantee these rights.
  • The EU supports social dialogue between companies and worker representatives.

Source 2 (English): Article


Summary: This US-Government article states about important conclusions on remote working and digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic: economic–financial impacts and psychological drivers for employees.

Source 3 (Portuguese): Guide


Summary: Teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: A Practical Guide is based on ILO research and technical assistance over a decade regarding the effects of teleworking on the world of work and how to develop and implement effective teleworking arrangements.

Source 4 (Portuguese): Report


Summary: After more than a year of the pandemic, employment and the number of hours worked are still below pre-pandemic levels. The average wage has increased, most likely due to the destruction of precarious and low-paid jobs. Registrations with public employment services have increased, especially in the Algarve region, which is characterized by high tourism activity. Workers with less than secondary education lost 126,000 temporary contracts and 120,000 permanent contracts in the period between the first quarters of 2019 and 2021. In the same period, the formalization of temporary and permanent contracts increased for workers with higher education. The average number of hours worked per week decreased, mainly for low-paid workers, young people and families with children (especially single-parent families). This study uses secondary data from the Labour Force Survey, conducted by INE, and data from records in the public employment services (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional).

Source 5 (Portuguese): News Article


Summary: Portugal’s worker representation in management is at an all-time low:

A study reveals that the representation of Portuguese workers in companies is the lowest in Europe, at no more than 5% compared to 30% for all the countries analysed.

Source 6 (Portuguese): News Article


Summary: Should workers have a representative on company boards, as they do in Germany? Bosses, trade unions and experts are in favour of co-management, but with caution. TAP is one of the few examples where this happens in Portugal and its director says that, unlike the rest of the board who serve one or two terms, the worker has a long-term perspective.

Source 7 (Portuguese): Guide


Summary: The preparation of this guide considers the General Law on Labour in Public Functions (LTFP), approved by Law no. 35/2014, of 20 June, and the consequent reference to the Labour Code (cf. article 4(1)(j) of the LTFP), as well as the Labour Code itself.

Code itself.

The aim of this Guide is to help all those interested to better understand all the action dynamics involved in both the creation and operation of workers’ committees.

Although the whole process of setting up committees is time-consuming, complicated and rather bureaucratic, what comes after the election is certainly much more demanding and challenging

Source 8 (Portuguese): Article


Summary: This article discusses the importance of trade unions in times of change and the need to strengthen their representativeness without compulsory contributions. Initially, the concepts and history of trade unions are presented, highlighting their role in protecting labour rights. This is followed by a discussion of the changes that have taken place to compulsory union dues, both for employers’ and labour unions. The impacts of these changes on union funding and the strategies adopted to overcome these challenges are discussed. Curiosities about the issue in Portugal are also presented. The conclusion is that, despite the changes in the labour and business landscape, trade unions remain fundamental instruments in defending the interests of workers and employers. The search for alternative forms of financing, the provision of value-added services and the engagement of members are essential to strengthening the representativeness of trade unions.