No taxation without equality: taxes and (other) austerity measures from an equality perspective

Portugal was one of the most affected countries both by the economic and social crisis that swept through Europe after 2008, and by the austerity measures adopted to tackle with it. Between 2010 and 2014, the country’s Governments approved different packages of legislation with the intention of lowering the public deficit; addressing creditors’ demands; stabilizing the economy and creating a legal framework that would promote economic growth.
The so-called ‘austerity measures’ may be grouped around three interdependent and intertwined axes: fiscal policy, social rights and labour law. This paper will critically evaluate many of these measures under an equality perspective. I will review significant reforms regarding all three main policies (fiscal rules, social rights rules and standards, and labour law).