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       4 The Portugal News • 19 Sep 2020


      Minister advocates raising minimum wage




      “significantly”                                   Finance Minister João Leão has stated that next year there should be scope for
                                                        a “significant” increase in the national minimum wage in Portugal.

                                                                      Our intention is to next year  necessary to assess the  expectations,” adding that IRS
                                                                      continue with the dialogue  situation of companies.  revenue in August, after sharp
                                                                      regarding the increase of  As for public administration  falls in previous months, had
                                                                 “the minimum wage, and       salaries, João Leão said that in  risen by 7 percent year on year.
                                                                 that there should be a       2021 there would be a rise of  Despite positive signs in the
                                                                 significant increase,” the   over 2 percent in salaries due to  third quarter, the minister
                                                                 minister said in an interview  the progression and recovery of  admitted it was possible “that
                                                                 broadcast by RTP3.           the length of service of teachers  the fourth quarter will not be as
                                                                 João Leão stressed that “there  and special careers.      good” as predicted by the
                                                                 are sectors that have been very  On the evolution of the  government.
                                                                 affected by the crisis of the  economy, João Leão         Taking into account expenditure
                                                                 Covid-19 pandemic and there  considered in the third quarter  and revenues, the government
                                                                 are “many workers” earning the  that “there were signs of  maintains its forecast that the
                                                                 minimum wage, currently €635,  recovery” above expectations,  budget deficit should remain at
                                                                 but the government believes  but stressed that in relation to  7 percent this year.
                                                                 that “there should be room” to  the level of unemployment, “the  Asked about negotiations in
                                                                 increase the minimum wage.   worst is not yet over”, estimating  parliament on the proposed
                                                                 Asked whether the increase in  that this year the unemployment  state budget for 2021, the
                                                                 2021 could be at the level of  rate will be close to “9 or 10  minister said that “they are
                                                                 what was applied this year, of  percent”, and the estimates for  going quite well,” believing that
                                                                 €35, the minister stressed,  2021 are still “uncertain”.  the budget proposal would be
                                                                 however, that “the world has  Leão said that, particularly in  approved in parliament “with
      Finance Minister João Leão hopes to be able to increase the minimum  changed” with the pandemic  July and August, there had been  the same kind of support as in
      Finance Minister João Leão hopes to be able to increase the minimum
      Finance Minister João Leão hopes to be able to increase the minimum
      Finance Minister João Leão hopes to be able to increase the minimum
      Finance Minister João Leão hopes to be able to increase the minimum
      wage next year despite the current economic situation in the country.
      wage next year despite the current economic situation in the country.
      wage next year despite the current economic situation in the country.  and that it will therefore be  a recovery “slightly above  the previous five years”.
      wage next year despite the current economic situation in the country.
      wage next year despite the current economic situation in the country.
      Extreme right in the Armed Forces questioned                                                                 Inspections flag
      Members of the BE parliamentary group have sent a set of questions to the Ministry of National Defence about
      Members of the BE parliamentary group have sent a set of questions to the Ministry of National Defence about
      Members of the BE parliamentary group have sent a set of questions to the Ministry of National Defence about
      Members of the BE parliamentary group have sent a set of questions to the Ministry of National Defence about
      Members of the BE parliamentary group have sent a set of questions to the Ministry of National Defence about
      alleged infiltrations of extreme right groups in the Portuguese Armed Forces.
      alleged infiltrations of extreme right groups in the Portuguese Armed Forces.
      alleged infiltrations of extreme right groups in the Portuguese Armed Forces.
      alleged infiltrations of extreme right groups in the Portuguese Armed Forces.                                100 radioactive
      alleged infiltrations of extreme right groups in the Portuguese Armed Forces.
        “The BE parliamentary group considers  movements in the Armed forces”.  communication conducted by the
      that, just as the connections of elements  The same article, says the BE, adds  military, which except for the Air Force,  source
      of the PSP and GNR police forces to the  that the Army, Navy and Air Force “are  have not seen any in-depth
      extreme right have been the subject of  aware of ‘inappropriate’ activities on  investigations to understand the extent of  irregularities
      investigations conducted by the Ministry of  social networks and other forms of  the problem “.
      Internal Affairs, the same procedure must
                                                                                                                   Since January, the General
                                                                                                                   Since January, the General
                                                                                                                   Since January, the General
                                                                                                                   Since January, the General
      take place within the Armed Forces”, read                                                                    Since January, the General
      the note to the government.                                                                                  Inspection of Agriculture, Sea,
                                                                                                                   Inspection of Agriculture, Sea,
                                                                                                                   Inspection of Agriculture, Sea,
                                                                                                                   Inspection of Agriculture, Sea,
                                                                                                                   Inspection of Agriculture, Sea,
        The members of BE believe that it is                                                                       Environment and Spatial Planning
                                                                                                                   Environment and Spatial Planning
                                                                                                                   Environment and Spatial Planning
                                                                                                                   Environment and Spatial Planning
      necessary “to prevent the proliferation of                                                                   Environment and Spatial Planning
                                                                                                                   has flagged 100 cases relating to
                                                                                                                   has flagged 100 cases relating to
                                                                                                                   has flagged 100 cases relating to
                                                                                                                   has flagged 100 cases relating to
      extremist, racist, xenophobic and                                                                            has flagged 100 cases relating to
      discriminatory manifestations, which                                                                         hospitals, clinics, offices and
                                                                                                                   hospitals, clinics, offices and
                                                                                                                   hospitals, clinics, offices and
                                                                                                                   hospitals, clinics, offices and
                                                                                                                   hospitals, clinics, offices and
      contradict the spirit of brotherhood,                                                                        companies for exposure to radiation.
                                                                                                                   companies for exposure to radiation.
                                                                                                                   companies for exposure to radiation.
                                                                                                                   companies for exposure to radiation.
                                                                                                                   companies for exposure to radiation.
      camaraderie, loyalty and integrity that
      must characterise the Portuguese Armed                                                                          In a statement, the inspectorate that
      Forces and show respect for the                                                                              oversees entities with radioactive sources,
      Constitution of the Republic ”.                                                                              said that irregularities were detected
        “Does the Government confirm the                                                                           between January and August that could
      opening of inquiries and the prosecution                                                                     possibly lead to fines of between €2,000
      of military personnel from the branches of                                                                   and €5 million.
      the Armed Forces for suspected                                                                                 Among the irregularities found were a lack
      infractions related to the extreme right?”,                                                                  of licensing for the equipment, illegal export,
      is one of the questions asked.                                                                               equipment stored without conditions of
        The BE request, signed by deputies                                                                         protection and safety and a lack of
      João Vasconcelos and Pedro Filipe                                                                            inventories of radioactive sources listed.
      Soares, refers to a recent report in Diário                                                                    IGAMAOT’s inspection targeted industrial
      de Notícias stating that “the Military                                                                       facilities with nuclear metres, dental offices,
      Judicial Police is investigating a possible  The BE parliamentary group are calling on the government to launch an investigation  veterinary offices, hospitals and imaging
                                           The BE parliamentary group are calling on the government to launch an investigation
                                           The BE parliamentary group are calling on the government to launch an investigation
                                           The BE parliamentary group are calling on the government to launch an investigation
                                           The BE parliamentary group are calling on the government to launch an investigation
      infiltration of elements from extreme right  into alleged extreme right wing elements within the Armed Forces  clinics.
                                           into alleged extreme right wing elements within the Armed Forces
                                           into alleged extreme right wing elements within the Armed Forces
                                           into alleged extreme right wing elements within the Armed Forces
                                           into alleged extreme right wing elements within the Armed Forces
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