Macau MP, José Pereira Coutinho Carmo Correia/Lusa

Legislator speaks of hundreds of redundancies after outbreak

The only Portuguese legislator in the Macau parliament denounced on Monday hundreds of redundancies without compensation, reported shortly after the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, classifying the situation as a “social crisis”.

José Pereira Coutinho was speaking when a petition was delivered to the head of the Government of Macau by a group representing around 400 bus drivers, whom the deputy accompanied, and in which financial assistance is requested in the face of the crisis, worsened with the economic impact of the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

“The second big problem I have is with the redundancies. I have in my portfolio about one hundred residents (…) who were immediately dismissed when the coronavirus appeared ”, said the MP who is also president of the Macau Civil Service Workers Association (ATFPM).

Pereira Coutinho pointed out that “companies cannot take” the financial impact “and, therefore, without” financial capacity to support workers who have to be at home, (…) they also take the opportunity to dismiss without pay “.

On the other hand, he stressed, he also received “many complaints” from non-resident workers “who were immediately dismissed without the right to any payment”, people who “have ten days to leave Macau”.

“It is a social crisis”, summed up the president of ATFPM, who assured that complaints from civil servants were also sent to him.

At stake, according to Pereira Coutinho, are complaints from nurses who are in the emergency services: “they do not quarantine, work in the hospital, are dealing directly with coronavirus suspects and go home subject to infecting their families”.

The complaints will also have to do with protective equipment and a lack of communication on the part of health service leaders “who want to carry out orders without listening to the people at the front,” he said.

João Carreira