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Portuguese workers join general strike

Issue No. 2229

Rail workers in Portugal have backed the strike call enthusiastically
 (Pic: Bloco)

Rail workers in Portugal have backed the strike call enthusiastically (Pic: Bloco)


Portugal’s first general strike in 22 years has shutdown much of the country. Workers are protesting at the government’s austerity measures. The CGTP union federation says that ports, railways, and the post office are among the hardest hit.

The Portuguese government wants to slash the wages of public sector workers.

Joao Proenca, head of UGT union federation said, “If we fight the deficit by sinking the country, then we aren’t going anywhere, so it’s fundamental that there is concern about growth and employment.”


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Wed 24 Nov 2010, 16:12 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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