Students and students of Secondary João de Deus debate salary inequalities

Equality Week runs from 7 to 11 March, across the country

Questions regarding the evaluation of the value of work and professions, the division of tasks and domestic responsibilities and the gender stereotypes that still exist in society were raised yesterday by students from Escola Secundária João de Deus, in Faro, during the debate on Wage Inequalities between women and men.

During the initiative, promoted by the District Commission for Equality of the Union of Trade Unions of the Algarve, was heard, with particular interest, "the testimony in the first person, of the situation experienced by a former worker of the company Algartalhos, present in the debate, which was victim of discrimination and harassment, as a result of their legitimate refusal to do unpaid overtime work'.

This situation was publicly denounced at the time, by the Trade and Services Workers Union of Portugal, on the occasion of International Women's Day in 2018.

According to the Union of Unions of the Algarve, «a few days ago, the result of the investigation carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office finally arrived, which concludes that there was a “crime of persecution” on the part of the company, considering its managing partners as defendants».

“This real situation illustrated one of the many problems that workers – and women workers in particular – continue to experience in many workplaces”, adds the USAL.

The debate on salary inequalities between women and men was attended by 160 students from the 11th year of João de Deus Secondary School.

Union representatives from the District also participated (Sindicato dos Professores da Zona Sul, the Union of Trade and Services Workers of Portugal, the Union of Portuguese Nurses, the Union of Workers in Public and Social Functions of the South and RA), the Union of Unions do Algarve and the Commission for Equality between Women and Men of the CGTP-IN.

After an initial greeting by the director of the School Group and the passage of two small initial videos, the interventions of the trade union organizations present were recorded, which set the tone for the debate that followed.

This Debate was framed in the 9th edition of the Equality Week, which takes place between the 7th and 11th of March, across the country, promoted by the Commission for Equality between Women and Men of the CGTP-IN.