Portugal -General strike brings country to standstill -November 26, 2011

The 24-hour national strike called jointly by the two main trade union confederations, CGTP and UGT, shut down public services, transport facilities and factories in many parts of the country on 24 November. Most flights in and out of the country were canceled. Hospitals provided emergency services only and garbage was not collected. Workers chanting “let the banks pay” marched against austerity measures imposed by the government as a condition of the EU/IMF bailout. Figures on the participation in the strike were not available, but according to union leaders it was a greater mobilization of citizens than the November 2010 general strike in which some 3 million took part. The union confederations have announced that “the struggle will continue.”

English: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2011/11/25/General-strike-shuts-down-Portugal ... 
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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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