The company based in Valado dos Frades, in the municipality of Nazaré, district of Leiria, said in a statement that "it will assume a valuation higher than the national minimum wage defined by the Government."

After being forced to resort to a PER in recent years, the company associated to Alcobaça porcelains considers having "conditions to recognize the effort of its team", through the implementation of measures that include the revision of the daily value of the food subsidy, "which now represents 88 euros per month for 22 days of work".

Having defined a monthly production and invoicing objective, Spal will also maintain, in 2022, the productivity prize established last year, which includes an assiduity component.

The aim, according to the statement, is to "continue to reward everyone's commitment to the company's objectives" and, in parallel, "retain more balanced teams in terms of experience", in a dynamic of rotating shifts in which the younger elements "will benefit from the knowledge of several years of more experienced elements".

Internal training will be another of Spal's priorities, whose strategy for 2022 "clearly involves a commitment to its human resources, without which it would not be possible to meet the ambitious objectives it has set", says the company, which is moving forward with the hiring of around 30 new factory workers.

The porcelain manufacturer resorted to the PER in September 2020, to deal with the business crisis that generated a debt of 25.6 million euros to 124 creditors, and the dismissal of 140 workers as part of a restructuring plan, with 263 other employees remaining on the job.

The plan provided for the payment of debts to creditors in 150 installments.

Before the approval of the PER, the company preceded the sale of the position of the shareholder FACCE, and the main shareholder, Cup & Saucer, was left with the entire capital.

Since April 2021, SPAL has been chaired by the leader of the Confederation of Portuguese Industry (CIP), António Saraiva.