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Thursday 28th
posted by Morning Star in World

PORTUGUESE public-sector union coalition Common Front announced yesterday that its 600,000 workers will take strike action tomorrow.

The 24-hour strike, intended to press the government to reverse austerity measures more swiftly than it plans, is likely to cause disruption at schools, hospitals, courts and other public services.

The Socialist Party minority government, which is backed by the Communist Party and Left Bloc, has pledged to restore workplace entitlements that were sacrificed at EU behest as the price of the €78 billion (£60bn) bailout of private banks in 2011.

The government has already approved a return to public-service workers’ hard-won 35-hour working week, down from the current 40 hours, but only from July.

The Common Front, which is close to the militant CGTP federation, says that change must come sooner.

The government will also restore cuts to public-sector pay, bring back four public holidays, increase the lowest pensions and cut tax for low-income families.




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