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Tékhne - Revista de Estudos Politécnicos

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ABREU, Rute  and  DAVID, Fátima. Socially responsible behaviour: Labour market in Portugal. Tékhne [online]. 2010, n.13, pp.103-127. ISSN 1645-9911.

New laws and changes related to the labour market, especially in the European Union context, have generally had positive effects, as they have also benefited economic, social and political development. Based on Portugal’s experience, these constant changes should be prevented as well as possible in order to better counter any negative consequences that might ensue. One of these consequences is critically examined and it is related with the fact that people do not want to work or want to work as little as possible. In such an environment, firms face a difficult labour problem. The facts and statistics justify the need for a proactive attitude in order stimulates people in both the public and private sector to work and develop skills has become urgent. Furthermore, since work is often a result of voluntary initiatives undertaken by individuals, the interventions undertaken by policymakers that promote social welfare and poverty eradication for a large majority of the population, can result in a disincentive

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