Six amendments to the Labour Code introduced in 2012 as part of an effort to make the employment market more flexible were thrown out by the Constitutional Court on September 26, which deemed them unconstitutional.

This means companies, which made staff redundant on the grounds they were no longer suitable for the job – clauses included in the amendments – will have to reinstate the workers.

However, notes Diário de Notícias, other measures designed to increase Portuguese companies’ competitiveness, such as the cancellation of four bank holidays, were not judged unconstitutional and remain in place.