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Employers Associations and Trade Unions in Portugal

1. Brief Description of Employees and Employers Organizations

Trade union associations are entitled to: negotiate and enter into Collective Bargaining Agreements, provide services of an economic and social nature to their members; take part in drafting labour legislation; initiate and intervene in legal cases and administrative procedures to defend their members’ interests; take part in enterprise restructuring processes; establish relations with or join international trade union organisations.

2. Rights and Importance of Trade Unions

The freedom of workers to join a trade union is guaranteed, although no worker is allowed to be a member of different trade unions for the same occupation or activity at the same time. Workers and trade unions are entitled to carry out trade union activity within the enterprise, particularly by means of workplace union representatives, trade union commissions and inter-union commissions.

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