The TUC is signing an agreement with a European trade union on Thursday to increase the number of UK-based Portuguese workers with union representation.
There are over 21,000 Portuguese in the UK, mainly working in the hotel and catering industries, that don’t belong to a trade union and have little knowledge of their rights.
The TUC hopes that its tie up deal with CGTP-IN will see more Portuguese workers join trade unions.
The union plans to provide them with information in English and Portuguese as well as Anglo-Portuguese cultural events.
“The majority of Portuguese people working in the UK don’t belong to trade unions. Problems with language and the temporary nature of much of the work means that they are often unaware of their rights, and as a result can be treated very badly by their UK bosses,” said TUC general secretary John Monks.
By Paul Nelson