José Manuel Torres Couto
| José Manuel Torres Couto |
(politician, trade union leader)
|Born||1 February 1947|
Portuguese politician and trade union leader.
José Manuel Torres Couto is a Portuguese trade unionist and politician. He attended the Bilderberg Group Meeting in 1985, as Secretary General of the trade union UGT.
He began his professional activity as a student worker at the textile company INTERCORTE, in the industrial belt of Porto, at the age of 18. In this capacity, he also collaborated in the National Institute of Work and Pensions, in the Conciliation and Judgment Commissions. Returning from military service, which he did during the Colonial War in Guinea (where he ran the newspaper ZOE), he joined the Companhia de Seguros Império. In this company he was a member of the Workers' Commission and union delegate.
He was co-founder and first secretary general — from 1978 to 1995 — of General Workers Union (UGT), left the plant in 1995, because of the so-called European Social Fund process. This abandonment turned out to be the beginning of the end of a brilliant career, in unionism and politics.
In addition to positions in the trade union area, Torres Couto was a deputy in three legislatures to the Assembly of the Republic for the constituencies of Lisbon, Leiria and Setúbal, having been head of the Socialist Party (Portugal) list in the last two. He was a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 1999, having been a member of the Economic and Monetary Commission, Social Affairs and Employment, and External Economic Relations.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/1985||10 May 1985||12 May 1985||New York|
Arrowwood of Westchester
|The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada|