“Fundamental” agreement between government and public sector unions doesn’t stop national strike

“Fundamental” agreement between government and public sector unions doesn’t stop national strike

Another indication of how ‘fundamental agreements’ forged by the PS Socialist government can fall short is the fact that in spite of the ‘fundamental agreement’ with public sector unions, a national strike will still be going ahead on November 18. This is  because the CGTP (confederation of Portuguese trades unions) is not part of the agreement – and also because a great deal of the ‘positive soundbites’ about measures announced in the 2023 State Budget appear to have been over-egged. To recap, the ‘fundamental agreement’ ensures, among other ‘guarantees’, that ‘base salaries’ in the public sector (meaning the lowest) will increase by 8% to €761 per month.