The law proposal, which was approved unanimously, with 189 votes in favour, is revised eight years after the approval of the current law in force.
In presenting the document, the Secretary of State for Work and Social Security, Pedro Filipe, said that the bill safeguards inclusion, because it brought together various sensitivities representing workers' organizations, from trade unions, employers' organizations, academics, judicial magistrates and of the Public Prosecutor's Office and public administration staff.
Pedro Filipe also highlighted that this new law proposal brings stability to workers, as it reintroduces the employment contract for an indefinite period, as a rule.
The official also highlighted as new points to highlight dignity, innovation, with the redefinition of special work contracts, with main focus on telework and sports work contracts.
Another innovation, pointed out Pedro Filipe, relates to the flexibility of the law in the organization and duration of work, allowing the student-worker schedule, the worker with family responsibilities and paternity leave.
The Secretary of State for Labor and Social Security also focused on guaranteeing justice for workers, by guaranteeing the payment of sickness or accident benefits for workers who fall under the disability regime.
The practicality of this proposal, highlighted Pedro Filipe, clarifies the causes of the illegality of redundancies and their consequences, as well as the reconfiguration of the criterion for determining compensation.
Lastly, the Angolan official said that the proposal guarantees a balance, "because with the alteration of the section specially dedicated to working women, gender equality and non-discrimination, special rights are enshrined and it introduces complementary maternity leave".
In responses to the concerns raised by deputies, with several referring to the unemployment rate, Pedro Filipe underlined that “although it is still a very big challenge”, in the last four quarters there has been a sustainable decrease in unemployment levels.
“Therefore, from the second quarter of 2021 until this last note, from this last quarter of 2022, we have been registering a decrease in the unemployment rate, which currently stands at 29 percent”, said Pedro Filipe, admitting that “it is still a big challenge, but the perspectives are very encouraging”.