The Portuguese staged a crippling general strike Wednesday in protest of unpopular spending cuts which the government says will save the debt-crippled country from financial ruin.
AFP - Portugal ground to a halt Wednesday as unions staged the country's first general strike in more than two decades to protest spending cuts that the government says are vital to avoid financial disaster.
Both public and private sector workers joined the one-day strike, which follows similar stoppages in other troubled euro economies such as Greece and France, as governments are forced into unpopular cost-cutting programmes.
The transport sector was crippled by the stoppage with no flights taking off or landing at any airport. More than three-quarters of train services were cancelled and 60 percent of bus services were also scrapped, operators said.
Lisbon's metro system was also closed for the day while the capital's ferries stayed in their docking berths.
The strike, the first time since 1988 that private and public sector workers have come together, also hit banks, media and petrol deliveries.
Date created : 2010-11-24