Strikes in Portugal against privatisation

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  1. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

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    A number of strikes appear to be happening in Portugal due to proposed privatisation of state owned companies.

    However, what I find interesting is in Lisbon Carris and Metro workers are going on regular strikes, yet across the river in Almada staff employed by Transportes Do Sul seem happy and aren't striking. (Transportes Do Sul is owned by Arriva.)

    Are staff actually worse off under private companies or is just workers don't want change/uncertainty?
     
  2. Simon11

    Simon11 Member Jobs & Careers Assistant

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    I believe it is the change/uncertainty that staff don't like.

    The Portugal government is trying to saving money and within the transport section, are making big changes by encouraging private companies to take over public owned firms.

    I would expect that quite a few well known private operators will be looking into the Portugal transport market.
     
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    No doubt the sell-off plan is because of the IMF/ECB conditions on the extra government loans.
    Something similar going on, or even more drastic, in Greece I think.
     
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    I've found a brief English language news story on the strikes

    http://news.yahoo.com/portuguese-transport-unions-hold-against-privatization-095417877.html
     
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