According to a report by DN, salary increases, announced by the Government and agreed within the scope of social consultation, "are not enough" from the point of view of the Portuguese. This dissatisfaction is widespread, from the minimum wage to the rise in wages in the Civil Service and in the private sector. These are the conclusions of the poll carried out by Aximage for DN, TSF and JN. Respondents also consider that the support of three billion euros to alleviate energy costs is insufficient.
In both cases, the opinions are transversal to all age groups (from the age of majority) and gather supporters from all parties, including those who voted for the Socialist Party in the last legislative elections.
Regarding the income agreement, signed between the Government, the social partners and the private sector, most respondents (65%) guarantee that they have already heard about the measures enshrined in the document. However, they are not satisfied with the amounts agreed for the phased increase in the minimum wage, which will rise to 760 euros next year and reach 900 euros in 2026. More than half of those questioned say that the amounts "are not enough", while 28% consider it "sufficient" and 6% do not have an opinion.
The nominal increase in wages in the private sector is also seen as insufficient. The income agreement predicts, on average, a rise of 4.8% between 2023 and 2026. For 67% of respondents, the measures falls short. Only 24% say it will be "sufficient".
The sentiment is similar with regard to the public sector income agreement, which provides for a salary increase of between 2% and 8%. About 65% say it is insufficient and 43% have no opinion on which entity best defended the interests of public servants. The rest are divided: 32% are on the side of the unions linked to UGT, which signed the agreement (53% are over 65 years old), and 25% agree with the CGTP, which rejected the document (31% are between 50 and 64 years old).