Changes in Labour Law and Devaluation of Labour in Portugal: Critical Perspectives and Prospects for a New Labour Regulation
Portugal was not immune to such changes. Accordingly, and based on the research carried out within the Observatory on Crises and Alternatives, our goal is threefold:
i) first, we intend to systematize the main changes in labour law in order to propose a measurement of the income transfers from labour to capital (on this purpose, and among others, some figures concerning overtime work are presented);
ii) we then identify and classify the main forms of precarious employment in Portugal (which the debt crisis helped to exacerbate), as these enhance the weakness of regulatory mechanisms oriented to the world of work. Our analysis will be focused on fixed-term contracts, “green [self-employment] receipts”, involuntary part-time work, temporary work, and state-induced precariousness;
iii) finally, we list a set of priorities for the world of work that should involve political, economic and social actors. In this sense, a prospective exercise necessarily involves the contribution of the main actors of the Portuguese industrial relations system: government, employers and trade unions.