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Lisbon subway strike heralds new wave of protests

October 08. 2013 5:36AM
Associated Press

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(AP) The Lisbon subway is closed for the fourth time this year as workers continue their protests against austerity measures linked to Portugal's 78 billion ($105.7 billion) bailout.

Nurses and government workers also plan strikes in coming weeks as protests resume after a summer lull.

Commuters in the Portuguese capital faced delays getting to work in the 24-hour subway strike Tuesday. Alternative bus services were crowded, and roads into Lisbon were clogged with heavy traffic.

Workers at the Metropolitano de Lisboa are opposed to cuts in their overtime pay and subsidized lunches. Those measures are due to be enacted in December.

They walked off the job eight times last year, joining other militant labor groups at public transport companies in the fight against the government's labor reforms and spending cuts.

Associated Press

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