Portugal’s new left-wing government is seeking to reinstate hundreds of civil servants who had been put on leave of absence under the former conservative leaders, Labour Minister Jose Antonio Vieira da Silva said Sunday.

It was the latest in a string of pledges by the government of Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who will have to pull off a tricky balancing act, satisfying both Brussels and his allies on the radical left.

Other planned measures include raising the minimum wage, reducing the 40-hour work week to 35 hours and lifting a freeze on pensions.

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