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Monday, October 28, 2013

Portugal mail workers launch strike

Portuguese postal workers opposed to the national mail service's planned privatisation are walking off the job for 24 hours, marking the start of a series of strikes by labour groups angry about reforms and austerity measures.

The government has announced plans to sell up to 70% of the state-owned mail company CTT-Correios de Portugal.
Trade unions fear layoffs and a loss of entitlements.
The privatisation is part of a lengthy list of measures Portugal agreed to enact in return for its 78 billion euro (£66 billion) financial rescue in 2011. Tax hikes and pay and pension cuts are to continue next year.
Transport workers have called walkouts between October 31 and November 9.

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