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Lisbon subway shuts again as staff fight privatization plan

Lisbon subway shuts again as staff keep up fight against private operators

Lisbon subway shuts again as staff fight privatization plan

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The Lisbon subway is shut for the seventh time this year as workers continue their fight against government plans to place the company in private hands.

The 24-hour strike Thursday was to be followed by another walkout on June 26.

Portugal's center-right coalition government is privatizing some of the country's unprofitable and debt-heavy public transport companies, including national airline TAP Air Portugal, despite opposition from labor groups.

The government says it has received bids from British, French and Spanish companies for the concession agreement to operate the Metropolitano de Lisboa subway.

The winner is due to be announced next month.


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:03 GMT+08:00