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It’s not the Portuguese that are mad. It’s the Government leaders. Just why the combined personalities of Passos Coelho and Paulo Portas are more destructive than 100,000 Greek demonstrators put together!
Portugal’s government will fall, even if it limps on for a few days or weeks. The country is rushing towards the edge of the cliff and an abyss. The main members of the Government have chucked all the hard-fought successes of the last two years into the rubbish bin at the cost of the people’s suffering.
In the aftermath of the general strike, unions speak of a strong participation, but the government claims the country did not stop. The attempt to cut off one of the main access roads to the 25 April bridge in Lisbon was the incident that marked the day. Passengers at Lisbon Airport are still feeling the effects of the strike.
Austerity seems to have left Portugal worse off than it was before seeking out a bailout in 2011, despite the country’s successful return to the bond markets.
Protests against the centre-right coalition government’s policies are being planned around the country for Thursday, the day of the fourth general strike since the government took office. Public transport is expected to be among the worst affected sectors.
The general strike called for 27 June is the fourth in the last two years, uniting trade union confederations CGTP and UGT in protest against stricter austerity measures.
Teachers at war with the government have called a strike for exams day this Monday. The teachers are protesting against the geographic mobility scheme and longer working hours.
“The programme has already ensured a broad reaching budgetary structural readjustment and the programme ensured a return to the financial markets far earlier than foreseen,” said Vítor Gaspar.
Cavaco Silva said it is up to political parties to negotiate agreements that can make it possible to improve Portugal’s economic and social situation.
Trade union confederations UGT and CGTP will join efforts for the general strike convened for 27 June which seem to be gaining in consensus across the public sector.