The employers’ confederations, which met with the prime minister on Tuesday to complain about the labor law changes, will discuss among themselves measures they will propose to the government as compensation for the new labor law, which they see as harmful to the company. . The executive branch, in turn, has pledged only to “accelerate” some of the measures provided for in the income agreement, which provides for a 5.1% increase in wages in exchange for tax breaks.
One of the concerns raised by the National Council of Employers’ Confederations (CNCP) to the government concerns the regulation of the IRC tax credit for companies that raise wages, which the companies are not yet aware of. The Minister of Labor, who also attended the meeting, pledged to “get that clarification” before the end of the week.
“There are some doubts about how to calculate this benefit. We assumed that by the end of the week this clarification would be so that companies have all the information to make decisions,” Ana Mendez Godinho told reporters at the end of the meeting in statements broadcast by RTP3.
This is one of the measures, the implementation of which, as guaranteed by the Minister, will be accelerated. “For all of us, it was a clear reaffirmation of our commitment to the country and the importance of the income agreement, the importance of being able to accelerate more and more some of the instruments provided for in the agreement,” he added.
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“What we guarantee is that we are here to carry out an important and decisive agreement for the country, in its various dimensions, naturally here at every moment to ensure that if there is doubt, it will be cleared up, that if there is questions about what we can speed up in terms of faster implementation of some revenue agreement measures, what we can do,” said the minister, who now expects “some stability” to implement the new labor law.
On Tuesday, the prime minister and Ana Mendez Godinho hosted an employers’ confederation to complain about changes in labor laws that employers see as harmful to companies. As the Observer wrote, the goal was to ask the government to “compensate” in next year’s state budget some of the labor changes with measures beneficial to companies.
At the end of the two-hour meeting, CNCP spokesman João Vieira Lopes said the Council would now “analyze everything” said by the executive branch and decide on “the political proposals and measures it deems more appropriate.” .
“On the content of the agreement [de rendimentos] consistency, the government gave guarantees that it would move faster than expected”, he pointed out. The termination of discounts in the payroll, provided for by the agreement, should occur in April, with the entry into force of the new labor legislation. As for the tax break for companies that raise wages, “from the side of the Ministry of Finance more details will be made soonwith the Department of Labor on how this is applied in practice.
João Vieira Lopes also said that the government will ensure that “this will increase the pace of execution” of European funds in relation to the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) and Portugal 2030. The authorities also asked that there be “better channels of dialogue” with business confederations in the future. who complain that they have not been heard about some of the amendments to the Labor Code approved by Parliament.