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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-25/1052 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 18 June 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||01 September 2020 (updated 11 September 2020)|
The FEVICCOM (Federação dos Sindicatos da Construção), the Federation of construction workers unions and the STARQ (Sindicato dos Trabalhadores de Arqueologia), the archeology workers union, both affiliated of the trade union confederation CGTP, proposed on 18 June 2020, 40 urgent measures to defend the health, wages, employment and labour rights of construction workers in the context of the pandemic crisis.
The background for the proposed measures is to respond to the "generalised environment of sanitary insecurity and the existence of irregular companies, of informal and illegal work, has caused a worsening and uncontrolled hygiene, safety and health conditions in the works, especially serious for low skilled workers often subcontracted on a temporary and precarious basis, including many immigrants."
The urgent recommendations refer to various issues, all related with occupational health and security and protection of workers and public health, of which we highlight:
MOVEMENTS TO / FROM THE WORKPLACE:
In addition to an extensive list of security and protection recommendations, the proposal requires:
ACCOMMODATION AND HOUSING CONDITIONS:
To guarantee housing and housing conditions for all workers, which ensure the conditions of hygiene and safety for themselves, their families and the communities where they operate, in interconnection with Social Security services and municipal entities.
It is not mentioned, but the proposed measures would cover, should cover all companies and workers in the construction sector.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Unknown|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The 40 measures to defend the health and security and working conditions of construction workers in the context of the pandemic crisis were proposed by the FEVICCOM (Federação dos Sindicatos da Construção), the Federation of construction workers unions and the STARQ (Sindicato dos Trabalhadores de Arqueologia), the archeology workers union, both affiliated of the trade union confederation CGTP, proposed on 18 June 2020. They are urgent trade union recommendations formulated by FEVICCOM in the context of sector ad-hoc ongoing social dialogue between the government and the sector organizations in the construction sector.
The 40 measures/recommendations proposed are a initiative of the union Federation FEVICCOM taken in June 2020. Their context is ad-hoc social dialogue between the govern and the trade union and employer federations of construction sector, over health, safety and protection issues in this very critical sector, in times of pandemic. FEVICOMM recommendations converge and reinforce to a large extent the regulations and guidelines of national health and security authorities concerning the construction sector; with which also converge the recommendations of the two employer federations of the construction sector AECOPS and AICCOPN (COVID-19: Recomendações para empresas e trabalhadores) updated in July 2020.
What is very relevant in FEVICCOM initiative is that it contributes to raise awareness and reinforces guidance over health and safety procedures and conditions when cooperation is most needed; it suggests a closer follow-up of the company practices in the sector by national authorities and requires requires greater corporate accountability for compliance with health and safety procedures in the workplace but also the environmental (transport of workers and housing conditions). Furthermore, it stresses the critical need for companies compliance with workers information and consultation rights and dialogue with trade unions and employee representatives, including health and safety representatives. At the same time it expresses the concern with the housing conditions of construction workers and migrant workers as a health and safety issue in times of pandemic crisis.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|F42 Civil engineering|
|F43 Specialised construction activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), COVID-19: 40 urgent measures for construction workers , measure PT-2020-25/1052 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-25_1052.html
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