Around 70 thousand IPSS workers will receive salary increases

The announcement was made by the National Education Federation

Around 70 thousand workers at private social solidarity institutions (IPSS) will see their salaries increase by 3,75%, said today the deputy secretary general of the National Education Federation (FNE) José Ricardo Coelho.

The announcement was made by the FNE, within the scope of a UGT Trade Union Front (FSUGT), which will sign an agreement today with the National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions (CNIS).

«It has to do with the review of the collective employment contract for the IPSS. This sector of the social economy involves around four thousand employers and around 70 thousand teaching and non-teaching workers,” José Ricardo Coelho told Lusa.

The agreement, according to a statement, should ensure “positive gains for the majority of all those who dedicate themselves to the cause of the social and solidarity sector”.

«It was an agreement that also valued the work of teaching and non-teaching workers. We can say that this increase in salaries for non-teaching workers has an increase of 5,71% over salaries in 2023», highlighted José Ricardo Coelho.

«It was not an easy agreement. We have been negotiating the review of the collective employment contract since last November, about four months ago,” he highlighted.

In the FNE statement, together with the FSUGT, it is stated that remuneration and other pecuniary matters have retroactive effect to January 01st of this year.

«This is an agreement in which workers' remunerations increase in global terms by around 3,75%. And if we highlight workers in the general careers in Table A of the Collective Labor Agreement, the increase is 5,71%», it reads.

The union force highlighted that «a new victory was still achieved», with the increase of another day of service in the period of service provided.

According to FNE, this is a positive aspect of recognizing the professional experience associated with the worker's seniority.

«FNE does not hide the difficulty that, year after year, it experiences when negotiating pecuniary matters with the social sector, largely because of the underlying support from the State for this sector of the social economy», he lamented.