16 Aug 2012

Portugal: transport workers strike against savage attacks on working conditions

Public transport in Portugal was disrupted yesterday. Workers struck in protest at government plans to alter working conditions to make the recession-struck country "more competitive". The 24-hour strike mostly affected rail and bus services in Lisbon and the northern city of Oporto.
On Tuesday, striking dockworkers crippled Portugal's main harbours to protest the reforms which include the easing of limits on working hours, new rules to make hiring and firing easier and the scrapping of certain holidays. The measures, pushed through by the government, have been fiercely opposed by unions and thousands have taken to the streets in protest.

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