The revolution in the public services sector in Portugal: with or without the unions
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Since the onset of the public deficit crisis in 2001–2002, three successive Portuguese governments have promoted a transformation of public sector employment relations with the aim of bringing them into line with the private sector. Given the importance both of employment in the public sector and of public sector unions to the overall labour movement, the outcome of these reforms will have a decisive impact upon industrial relations in Portugal. The Portuguese public sector unions have consistently claimed that the government has presented them with preconceived reform packages, has not bargained and has in fact imposed its concept of the reforms. This article analyses the relationship between the government and the unions in negotiating the reforms, focusing on the degree of conflict involved and the extent to which the reforms have proceeded within the framework of social dialogue.
Public sector unions,Civil service reform,Social dialogue
Registos de financiamentos
|Referência de financiamento||Entidade Financiadora|
|PPCDT/SOC/58801/2004||Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia|