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Portuguese civil servants around the world are retiring with nothing, union says



Trabalhadores do Estado português no mundo chegam à reforma e ficam sem nada, diz sindicato

About 100 of Portugal’s 1,300 workers in consulates and diplomatic missions lack social protection and risk retirement “with nothing,” as some of those forced to sell their goods to survive, a trade union leader denounced.

Rosa Ribeira, general secretary of the Union of Consular Workers and Diplomatic Missions, spoke at the end of the hearings before the Committee for Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities, requested by the trade union organization.

To illustrate the situation of these employees of the Portuguese public administration, which is under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the union shared with the deputies the story of the Portuguese assistant of residence at the Portuguese Consulate General in New York, USA, who has an age limit of 70 years, and day by day he was left with nothing.

The case reached the courts and was the basis for a petition, which will be analyzed, asking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide social security for all employees of consular and diplomatic missions.

According to Rosa Ribeira, if the ministry “complies with the law and registers all” employees, it “costs five million euros”.

“It’s necessary,” he said, adding that on top of this one-time cost, an annual fee from workers is added to streamline the situation.

With regard to social protection, the trade union warned the deputies that there is a percentage of workers who do not have enough time off.

“They register after a certain point, but the time when they were not registered is forgotten,” he explained.

And he stressed that these situations, which he classified as contingencies, are not from the past, as employees continue to take these positions without proper social protection.

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At the top of the union’s priorities is the issue of revising the wage scale, because “all other problems will not be solved if people do not get a job and do not live in dignity.”

“If the career is not attractive, people will not want to go to work in the consulate, in the Portuguese administration, they will go to a private company or a shop in the country where they are,” he said.

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The leader of the union warned that the current wage scale was “totally inconsistent with local realities”.

In addition, he continued, these tables have been frozen for many years, and “the growth that is taking place is connected with the Portuguese reality, and not with the reality of the countries where people live and work.”

He cited the example of Brazil, “a doubly serious problem because they not only suffered from all this exposure, but also saw that their remuneration is fixed in reais, and at the moment they are receiving a third of what they should be receiving.”

“This is a fundamental problem, something incomprehensible, this is unacceptable, they are employees of state functions. It should be in euros for everyone, and then, depending on the countries in which people live and work, be converted into local currencies,” he said.

On this occasion, he recalled that former minister Augusto Santos Silva had indicated that revising the tables was an “inevitable task” that was eventually shelved due to the failure of the state budget, leading to early elections.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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