Passos Coelho’s Government hastened the selling of the Portuguese Airlines (TAP) and conducted it behind closed-doors. Pedro Filipe Soares, Bloc’s Chief Whip, says that selling TAP is an invalid administrative measure that “must be undone”. The Communist Party submitted a member’s bill about TAP.
In an interview last night, Catarina Martins said “our commitment is very serious and stable”, highlighting that Bloc will never fail on “a Government that is giving back income, protecting WelfareState and not conducting any privatisations, even if I don’t agree with everything”.
The government allowed for an increase of the pensions paid to the members of the former Board of Directors of BES, a bank that went bankrupt in 2014. Mariana Mortágua, MP for the Left Block, demands to know why and who will pay for the “immoral pensions”.
Left Bloc’s Political Committee has approved the agreement achieved within negotiations with the Socialist Party. As far as Left Bloc is concerned, negotiations were concluded and the agreement reached protects working conditions, wages and pensions.
The Portuguese center-right ultraliberal government, won a relative majority in the 4th of October general election. In second place came the Socialist Party, with 32.4%. The biggest surprise and strongest rise was the Left Bloc, which had 10.2% of the vote with 551 000 votes, followed by the Communist Party, with 8.3%.
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