Manuel Carvalho da Silva was an electrician, work planner, union activist, and served as coordinator and secretary-general of CGTP-IN between 1986 and 2012. He has a degree and a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE-IUL. He is coordinator of the Collaborative Laboratory for Labour, Employment and Social Protection (CoLABOR) and the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra. He was an Invited Catheratic Professor at Lusófona University, between 2011 and 2016. He is Vice-President of the General Council of the University of Minho and Member of the Technical-Scientific Council of the School of Health of Alcoitão. Authored several books and book chapters, hundreds of articles and a Widely intervened on topics such as work, employment, syndicalism, the welfare state, Europe, globalization. Currently he participates in several research projects and he is a regular columnist for JN since 2011 as well as a commentator for RR since 2012.