Theses defended

Relações de Trabalho Docente nas Universidades Privadas Angolanas: constâncias e metamorfoses

Alberto Nguluve

Public Defence date
September 10, 2019
Doctoral Programme
Labour Relations, Social Inequalities and Trade Unionism
Elísio Estanque
The study on labor relations, work force and social capital focuses on contract of employment regulated by contracts which set up duties and rights of the parts involved. The materialization of the labor relations depends on the negotiations both individual or collective, and on the relation of power between the employer and the employee, regulated by the General Labor Law. The Union Organization plays strategic role, which reduces worker´s dependence and subordination to the employer, for it brings equilibrium on the relation of the power of negotiation about working conditions. In Angola, the social dialogue between the Union Organization, employers, and State has been characterized by conflict, taking into account the primacy of the interest of the strongest upon the weakest, which generate an imbalance of tripod (State, employer and worker) and support the relation of the employment. This thesis, is a study about the relations of teaching work in the Private Higher Learning Institutions, henceforth PHLI, in Angola. The study aims to understand the power relations subjacent in the relation employer/employee and explores (norms, hierarchy, context and ideology which involve the labor relation), the reconfirmation of labor relations throughout the time, the criteria of wage attribution, the necessary qualifications in order to be admitted at PHLI, criteria and chances of promotion at the work place, and the relation between part-time teachers and the Union Organization, the relation between Union Organization and PHLI. The study adopted mixed research paradigm, namely Qualitative and Quantitative. For data collection, nine (9) semi-structured interview has been devised and conducted with 526 teachers. Initially, 24 PHLI have been contacted of which only 16 have accepted our request in conducting the research. The study was conducted in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Huambo and Huila, during the second semester of 2016. Data demonstrate that labor relations in PHLI are structured on the basis of flexibility, determined by interest of profit (private capital). The flexibility of labor relation with teachers is a consequence of actions and conceptions of the State to the market and satisfies the interest of private sector.

Key-words: Flexibility, labor relations, teaching, University, market