26 Apr 2010

Rail, bus and post workers strike in Portugal

A rush-hour work stoppage by train engineers has caused widespread travel disruption in Portugal. The Train Engineers Union said only about one in four of the national rail company's scheduled services ran during the five-hour strike on Monday morning.
The engineers also plan to walk off the job during morning rush hours on Tuesday and Thursday in protest of the government's pay freeze at publicly-owned companies.
The measure is part of an austerity plan to reduce the country's debt burden. The disruption is likely to worsen on Tuesday when bus drivers stage a 24-hour strike. Postal workers also plan stoppages this week.

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