Solution, comply with the Constitution!


The Portuguese Constitution

Young people enjoy special protection so that their economic, social and cultural rights, namely:

  1. In education, vocational training and culture;


  1. Access to a first job,
  2. Work and social security;
  3. In access to housing;
  4. In physical education and sport;
  5. The use of leisure time.


Youth policy should have as its primary objectives the development of the personality of young people, creating conditions for their effective integration into working life, the taste for originality and a sense of community service.
On January 24, 2016 will take place the election of the next President. Edgar Silva’s candidate supported by the PCP, and truly committed to the defense of the Constitution, with the fight and the rights of workers and youth, as well as their interest and the country, with national sovereignty and democracy.

This application falls as one of its objectives a real and ambitious democracy, performed and fulfilled in its political, social, economic and cultural, and that the masses intervene in creative way in all aspects of life, seeing in their democratic participation the various levels of community life, and in defending the rights, freedoms and guarantees, constitutionally enshrined, a cornerstone of the reinforcement, rooting and deepening of the democratic system, which ensures the constant rise of the welfare of the people. This is an application that makes a clear option class. Commitment to the workers and the people. Commitment to April and to the defense of the Portuguese Constitution. Commitment to the struggle to transform Portugal. And these, for us, communists, for the PCP and the JCP are unshakable commitments.

Also of commitment to youth and the protection of his rights, in particular Article 70 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic on youth. Commitment to the goal of ensuring that youth happiness in their country in all aspects of his life – at work, in education, culture, health, housing, associations, sport, mobility and leisure.

This number of AGIT, we called that many young people – one graduated in History working to distribute advertising and has three job interviews scheduled, all to work abroad; a medical student participating in the Course Commission of their year; a student’s professional education that is forced to work in a call center to help at home; a student of Fine Arts chief of his Students’ Association; an electrician and a student of Secondary Education. – To make an inquiry to our candidate for president, Edgar Silva.


“The idea I have is that the Constitution has not been much respected, but also honestly do not know in depth and the ideas it contains. It gives much importance to CRP … Why? ”

Joana, 17, Professional Education student and working part-time in a call center


I give a lot of importance to our present constitution, among other reasons, because it was devoting the fundamental rights and duties of citizens and the state. Your question is even more interesting and timely you be a student-worker: do you think it would be easier or more difficult to achieve the constitutional right of access to public education, free and quality, if all of your colleagues had clear knowledge for example of Article 74, which defines the constitutional right of access to education? And another question you even leave: who is interested in more ignorance of the content of the Constitution, who want to follow and enforce or who interests you have not kept your oath?


“At this point in most of the new graduates have no job prospects. How I look at it and how to stop the output of the country’s young people? ”

Nuno, 27, advertising distributor


The problem that you place is perhaps the greatest challenge that the country faces. Speak suspended and destroyed lives, we speak of thousands of unemployed young workers facing the scourge of insecurity, forced to resort to internships, scholarships and other devices and thousands and thousands being forced to emigrate looking abroad solutions for their lives your own country denies them. This whole situation creates firstly a huge loss for each of these young people as well as an injury to his own country.

In that state of economic and social development would be the country if all the skills and knowledge of those thousands of young people were at the service of national production, were at the service of creating wealth? At what stage of development it would be, and as it should be, if cumpríssemos the Constitution and in particular the constitutional right to employment with rights?



“In my school, after the Directorate unsuccessfully trying to prevent the holding of a RGA (Student General Meeting) refused to justify the faults of the 220 students who attended. How safeguards the Constitution that our right and freedom? ”

Matilde, 16, student of Secondary Education

The example that you place is very serious and it is unfortunately not an isolated case. Faced with such a situation the solution is to resist. Rights only if they are implemented, if they are not are lost. What I can say very clearly is that the Constitution, whether the content and above all by the way was built on the streets, companies and also in schools and students, is completely against the events you describe.


Despite its seven revisions, the Constitution continues to make clear choices. The various forms of organization and assembly, as exemplified by the RGA are within the constitutional options and I have no doubt in saying that the school board’s attitude is deeply unconstitutional.

“Being studying medicine I have been having more direct contact with the difficulties of access of people to health … Since this is a fundamental right enshrined that you think can be done to ensure all people?”

Sara, 22, a medical student at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Porto


The fact that the question arises of a medical future with the concern of the defense and improvement of the national health service also helps to face the future health with hope.

Perhaps simplistically, I’d say enough comply with the Constitution and the access to that which is also, and very clearly, a constitutional right to the guarantee of access to health care is consecrated as a right for everyone and that the state has to ensure the conditions for the provision of health care and that it has tended to be free. Now, what we witness is quite the opposite, fewer public services, less valences and less public resources, more and more people who for financial reasons not go to the doctor, does not resort to health care, do not get the medicines you need. In a way, we are witnessing by unconstitutional policy options, the accelerated degradation of the quality of life of citizens, a situation that is no more severe due to the extraordinary commitment of doctors, nurses and support staff.


“In your opinion, what is the role that culture plays in the development of Portuguese society? What role does culture play in the PRC and in what way are these values ​​into practice today? ”

Gonzalo, 18, a student of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto


Portugal has almost 900 years of history, a small country but with very rich traditions and cultural roots and many different from region to region. A culture that develops every day and this development enriches the country. The Constitution of the Republic, following the April Revolution, enshrines democracy in its four strands, all of them inseparable. Political democracy, economic democracy, social democracy and cultural democracy. It does little good political democracy if the economy is not at the service of development of the country and most of the people; of little use to create wealth if it remains in the hands of a small handful of individuals; a country will never be truly democratic if its people are arredado access to education and training, if arredado access, cultural creation and enjoyment. This is to tell you that culture and its access is assumed by the Constitution as one of four structural aspects of democracy.



“Many people have the idea that the President does or can do much about the future of the country, but lately he found himself at last can … How cumpririas this role?”

Vasco, 25, electrician

The President has the powers that the Constitution gives it and that, contrary to what one might think, are meaningful powers, which both reveal themselves when they are exercised or when they are not exercised. Firstly, has the power to veto laws of Parliament and supervise them if the same prove to be unconstitutional, can the current President chose not to use even in clear situations of attack to the Constitution; It has the power, verifying certain conditions, to dissolve the National Assembly; It has the power of the word and the power and duty to intervene publicly on matters which he understands and understands when and foremost, the president has the most power and simultaneously an obligation to defend, respect and enforce the Constitution. This means that regardless of political convictions of each, those same convictions can not in any circumstances call into question the oath the President paid when taking over. Basically, the Constitution is the political program that the President is required and defines the powers for the President to defend, obey and enforce.

Again, young people will be asked to choose: either contribute to the Presidency of the Republic is someone who, as in the case of the current President, every day denies the constitution sworn to uphold, or elect a president who is not neutral, that is committed to the people and a clear political program: the Constitution – and that is for the protection and realization of this program that will use all the powers available to it.



For young communists time is it thickens this trust chain around the candidacy of Edgar Silva. Clarify and mobilize, saying the April values, defending the constitution, struggling with confidence for a Portugal with a future. A mass campaign, contact and involvement of youth. With its candidate, Edgar, but above all with the struggle that unites them. The enforcing April to pave the way for construction of the future to which we aspire.


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Vocational Education

The devaluation of vocational education, which is reflected in the successive budget cuts that schools suffer, has been reflected in the absence of conditions that students face.
In IPTA – Advanced Technologies Professional Institute, the workload has increased and therefore the time for the PAP – Project Fitness practice, indispensable for completing the course – decreased. With the extension of that workload is imposed on more stage time students, where these are, in general, used as free labor, work. The rooms where students have classes are plywood, with no conditions.


The School of Fashion at the Port there are also problems arising from the lack of funding. The Directorate of Regional Porto PCP Organization recently met with the leadership of the school, which became aware of the difficult situation in which this is due to incomprehensible delays in transferring funds to school. Second was possible to ascertain at the meeting, missing repayments totaling a value of € 282,806.75, calling into question the school’s activity. The parliamentary group of PCP intervened on the matter, demanding urgent government action to address this and other problems.
Only the organization of students and their struggle can tackle barriers to decent Vocational Education. In Porto, as elsewhere in the country.

Professional School of Tondela

The School of Professional Tondela, as in other professional schools of our country, we are witnessing the degradation of the material and human conditions, as a result of funding cuts practiced over the years by the governments of the PS, PSD and CDS.


Students are faced with the false idea of ​​receiving money to study, as a result of subsidies that should receive, but in fact, in addition to some being late (as exemplified by the materials exchange) the expenses that students will have throughout the year, they have revealed that study is not available to anyone, but who can. In Restoration Course, for example, the training allowance only reaches students at the end of stage (on average 100 euros) and must be such as to ensure the cost of travel, meals and even some materials throughout the stage, have to pay 10 euros for the uniform, and the shoes needed for the lessons are at least 35 euros. Before a regime of hard faults, which when exceeded requires students to pay 20 euros in order to reset the module.


About the material conditions in School Tondela Professional, the gym has small dimensions, taking into account the number of classes that use the simultaneous space and the changing rooms are too small so that students can equip the same time, and sometimes lacking hot water to shower after class. Also the canteen has a small size for the amount of school students. Lack computers with necessary conditions for undergraduate students of Technical Information and Management and lack a bar in the school affordable for all students!


The Portuguese Communist Youth advocates a vocational education that is worthy, public, free and quality, in which the integral formation of students should be the priority, as well as enhance the county or district where the students, and not be the serving the interests of regional economic groups, who take advantage of this subsystem by the fact that more and more students are pushed into vocational courses because they have economic and financial conditions to join the college. Courses may not be used to make hand-work more easily exploitable, serving the logic of increased profits of the business groups.


JCP appeals to students of vocational education that schools and intensify streets their fight for the right to study at public and free professional education they are entitled to, the strengthening of funding from the state and the dignity of this education system.