The number of workers covered by collective redundancies in the first half fell 24.5% over the same period last year, reaching 1,790 people, according to the Directorate-General for Employment and Labor Relations (DGERT).
However, between January and June this year there were 170 companies with collective redundancy cases, a higher number than in the same period of the previous year, in which 161 cases were filed.
The cases registered in the first half of the year aimed to lay off 1,925 workers but the number of dismissed workers was 1,790, of which 906 women and 884 men. The remaining 109 workers were covered by other unspecified measures, while 26 were revoked.
The Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions had the highest number of laid-off workers, with 792, followed by the North (706), Alentejo (162), Centro (87) and Algarve (43).
Collective redundancies in the first half took place mainly in medium-sized enterprises (275 redundant persons) and small enterprises (205), followed by micro-enterprises (142) and large enterprises (74).
According to the evolution published by DGERT, the year 2012, when Portugal was under the intervention of ‘troika’, was the highest ever, with 10,488 workers covered by collective redundancies.