Consular staff pay, cuts in Portuguese classes worry nationals in US, Canada

Cuts in Portuguese teaching abroad and low salaries paid to consular workers are the two most “worrying” situations analysed over the weekend in Washington by representatives of the Portuguese communities in the United States and Canada. In a statement, the regional council of North America/Council of Portuguese Communities (CRAN/CCP) warned of the cuts that the teaching of Portuguese abroad has suffered, despite the “increase in the number of pupils”. “An equally worrying situation is that of consular workers living in earnings rupture, with salaries below the minimum in the United States.”