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Portugal train strike halts few rail services

Strike by Portuguese rail workers over austerity halts few train services

Portugal train strike halts few rail services

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A 24-hour strike by workers at Portugal's state-owned rail companies is causing only minor disruption for passengers, with most train services running normally.

Train operator Comboios de Portugal said it provided 95 percent of its scheduled services during the Thursday morning rush hour.

Staff at rail freight company CP-Carga and network management company Refer were also expected to strike.

The National Rail Workers' Union called the walkout to protest wage cuts and the loss of labor entitlements since a 78 billion euro ($108.8 billion) bailout in 2011 forced Portugal to slash public spending, including at loss-making state companies in the transport sector. The union also opposes government plans to privatize some services.

Union officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Updated : 2021-08-03 19:07 GMT+08:00