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Strike threatens public services in Portugal

11-24-2011 14:36 BJT

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Unrest is brewing in another crisis-afflicted eurozone country. A 24-hour general strike got underway on Thursday morning in Portugal, that threatens to shut down public services and cause widespread disruption to transport services. The country’s trade unions are protesting austerity measures linked to a 78-billion euro international bailout.

Portugal has so far been spared a grinding recession. According to the 2012 draft budget, the centre-right government is attempting to meet budget goals imposed as part of its bailout, and eliminate civil servants’ year-end and holiday bonuses for two years.

As a result, the strike is taking place just five days before the final vote in parliament on the budget bill. Organizers plan to halt public transport, most health services and schools. Despite the strike, the government says it expects minimum services in all key areas to be maintained.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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