At the plenary meeting of the Centre for Labour Relations on 2nd November, the new CRL Chairperson, Dr. António Valadas da Silva of IEFP, and representative of the Portuguese Government, was appointed. He succeeded the second Chairperson of the CRL, Dr. Gregório da Rocha Novo, of the Portuguese Business Confederation (CIP), and representative of the Employers' Associations Group.
At the plenary meeting of the Centre for Labour Relations on 22nd September, the new CRL Chairperson, Dr. Gregório da Rocha Novo, of the Portuguese Business Confederation (CIP), and representative of the Employers' Associations Group, was appointed. He succeeded the first Chairperson of the CRL, Eng. João Proença, of the General Union of Workers (UGT), and representative of the Group of the Union Associations.
On 31st July 2015, the Centre for Labour Relations (CRL) started its activity by holding its first plenary meeting, following the Order to appoint its members by the Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, after a proposal from the Employers and Union Confederations represented in the Standing Committee for Social Concertation (CPCS). The Minister of Employment and Social Security and the Secretary of State for Employment opened the meeting. At that meeting, the CRL's internal rules of procedure were approved and the first Chairperson of the CRL, Eng. João Proença, was appointed on behalf of the General Union of Workers (UGT) of the Confederations of Trade Unions.
Thus, this Public Administration body came into full operation with very special characteristics, being a tripartite body, comprising of four (4) representatives of the Government appointed by the Minister of Labour, four (4) representatives of the Confederations of Trade Unions, and four (4) representatives of the Employers' Confederations. These are representatives who, among themselves, choose the Chairperson, with a one-year term, under a rotation scheme, previously agreed between the three Groups.
In the same year, on 17th May, the Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Policy Conditions, endorsed by the Government, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, states that, in the context of the Labour Market, the Government will promote wage adjustments in line with productivity at the firm level. To that purpose, it will: (i) implement the commitments in the Tripartite Agreement of March 2011 concerning the "organised decentralisation", notably concerning: (...) (ii) the creation of a Labour Relations Centre supporting social dialogue with improved information and providing technical assistance to parties involved in negotiations; (point 4.8, p.23), having envisaged that actions for the implementation of this measure would be taken by the fourth quarter of 2011.