The business association of the Coimbra region was surprised that at a time when hardships are expected for Portuguese companies, the government has put discussion of the four-day work week on the media agenda.
“For now, bringing this kind of issue to the fore is a clear demonstration of the ignorance of reality by Portuguese companies,” said the Association of Impresario of the Province of Coimbra (NERC) in a statement entitled “Four days of the working week – the premature death of a good idea.”
NERC recalled that we live in a time “in which companies are facing a runaway increase in the prices of their intermediate consumption, especially fuel” and “a sharp increase in interest rates.”
It is in this context that businessmen are “surprised by experimental politics – experimental experience – that serve no more than to hide the real problems that concern companies and the country,” he lamented.
According to the NERC, companies are still experiencing “the consequences of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine”, resulting in a “slow recovery”, and, in addition, there are prospects for a crisis in 2023.
“The government, instead of helping companies reduce their costs, especially energy costs, is announcing gloomy measures for the normal development of economic activity. Instead of worrying about doing our part so that funds from the PRR (Recovery and Resilience Plan) apply and reach Portuguese companies as well, we see that at the moment the main concern of the government is four days of work a week.” , has been criticized.
In his opinion, “companies need structural measures that allow them to move on an upward trajectory, they need incentives, political insight, they need the government to distinguish between the main and the secondary.”
In this time of dubious expediency, it’s more like contributing to a stillbirth announcement,” he reckoned.
In this context, NERC appealed to companies to “respond firmly to the government’s proposal” and “not to agree to such measures at this difficult time”, asking them to “peremptorily refuse to participate in meetings.” negotiating table for this purpose.”
“Participation is fueling the short-sighted view of the government,” he warned, assuring that NERC refuses to engage “in bizarre scenarios that are nothing more than clever ways to make people forget about the main problems facing companies and the country.”