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Portuguese anti-austerity struggle intensifies

7th October 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey

The main Portuguese trade union federation the Communist-led CGTP has called a one-day general strike for November 14 in response to the announcement of the government’s latest austerity measures.

The announcement follows huge mobilisations against government policies, in what were widely described as the largest demonstrations in Portugal since the revolution which overthrew the Caetano dictatorship in 1974.

Lisbon Protest

Portuguese general strike

26th November 2010 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey

Lisbon Protest

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The Portuguese general strike on November 24th registered a major increase in the response of the working class and its allies against the attacks on social welfare, pay and jobs. The government claim that there was only 30% support for the strike in the public, and even less in the private sector was widely derided.