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Posted by nelson on August 11, 2017

Exactly as left-wing MPs predicted, jobs at PT - now that it is in the hands of French communications giant Altice - are taking a hammering.

The latest news coming today via Público is that the company is contacting 400 staffmembers who work in client attendance “to rescind their contracts”.

The objective is to substitute the 400 via outsourcing - a situation, said PT workers union president Jorge Félix, that will see outsourced labour paid less money, with less job security.

PT’s union has been hoping for government help in its members struggle, but this far the problems have simply been dealt with by labour authority ACT.

As Félix told Público, PT has been trying to get employees contracted to its Meo service to leave for the last month.

“Nothing is put in writing”, he added. Workers are either approached over the telephone, or spoken to face-to-face”.

ACT has asked PT’s workers’ union to ensure its members put all these details in writing in time for a meeting with PT’s new president Cláudia Goya in September.

Meantime, as many as 300 Meo employees are kept in the bizarre situation of having nothing to do but having to turn up for work everyday, and remain at their posts.

Público stresses that it knows specifically of 60 of these cases, in Porto, where the workersare subjected to “strategic harassment” in order to try and force them to give the right to their contract, and leave.

One of the workers has told the paper that it is “false” that these staff members “do not want to work” (an allegation apparently made by management).

“They are essentially people who do not accept jobs below their competences, nor rescission in the format that the company proposes”.

Félix’s concerns are that the government has “almost given the idea that ACT can resolve the problems at PT”, while in reality ACT says it has no legal legitimacy to do bypass or revert Altice’s management measures.

This far, very few PT workers (around 26) have ‘rescinded’ work contracts voluntarily.

Another 155 have accepted being transferred to other companies within the Altice group, Público adds.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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