CESI President Romain Wolff on work-life balance in Portugal

On the occasion of the Congress of CESI´s Portuguese member organization USI (Union dos Sindicatos Independientes), USI President Paulo Marcos and CESI President Romain Wolff had an exchange of views with Miguel Cabrita, State Secretary in the Ministry for Employment, Solidarity and Social Security, on the topic of work-life balance, the leitmotiv of USI´s congress.

CESI President Romain Wolff on work-life balance in Portugal

Within the frame of this meeting and his speech at the Congress, Romain Wolff highlighted four points that represent, according to CESI, important barriers to a proper balance between work and family life: rigid working time, children’s care, family members’ care and an the difficult shift from full time to part-time work.

“While a general increased flexibility is welcomed and may be positively influenced by new technologies, this cannot happen at the expenses of the employees´ availability, working time and, last but not least, safety and health”, Romain Wolff underlined. “However, the most fundamental obstacle to be overcome is the one in our heads, telling us us that women should be the ones carrying most of the family and household loads. As long as we cannot achieve a shift of paradigm in this regard, the concepts of work-life balance and gender equality will remain empty slogans!”

 

Picture, from left to right:  CESI-President Romain Wolff, Minister of State Miguel Cabrita and USI President Paulo Marcos