The general secretary of the PCP considered this Tuesday that local elections should not be “mixed” with negotiations for the State Budget and made political stability depend on the fight against precarious employment and collective redundancies.

Jerónimo de Sousa was speaking to journalists at the Belém Palace, in Lisbon, after a meeting with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who since Monday has been listening to the parties with parliamentary representation.

Asked if the PCP feels pressured by the appeals to avoid a political crisis, he declared: “No, and we even have an alternative proposal: this political stability will be possible to find if the rights of those who work are respected, the rights of those who are threatened with closing their doors, the rights of those to whom the cleaver of collective dismissal is raised”.

The general secretary of the PCP pointed out as an example “Galp, which adds up to large millions of euros in profits”, and insisted that “social stability, respect for those who work and their rights, are needed to achieve true political stability.”

Asked about the approval of the State Budget for 2022, Jerónimo de Sousa replied that “there is still no Budget, the 2021 Budget is in force” and reiterated that the communists are monitoring its execution, “particularly committed to implementing what is there is contained and has to be applied”.

Jerónimo de Sousa declined to speak about a budget proposal that “does not exist” yet, stressing that it will only be publicly presented by the Government after the local elections.

By the way, the Government was in a hurry to schedule the elections for the local authorities for September 26th. It wouldn’t be very logical to mix one thing with the other”, considered.

According to Jerónimo de Sousa, job precariousness, particularly among young people, was “the most felt concern” that the PCP delegation received today at the Belém Palace placed with the President of the Republic.

“Hundreds of thousands of young people, more than a million, still have a precarious relationship, today they have a job, tomorrow they don’t, jobs often without rights. There is our responsibility to prevent young people from losing perspective, from losing their horizons”, he maintained, arguing that there must be effective links and collective bargaining.

The general secretary of the PCP assured that this matter will be part of the “general intervention” of the communists, “in the Assembly of the Republic, outside it”.

Our fight will not be only or not so much within the framework of the Budget”, he stressed.


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