In Portugal, thousands of workers stayed at home on Wednesday in support of a general strike against government cost-cutting measures. An estimated 80 percent of staff at schools, hospitals and in other public sectors walked out in what unions described as the largest such protest in years.
They were also joined by a sizeable number of workers in the private sector. In Lisbon, only a partial service was reported on the underground transport system and ferry boats that carry workers across the Tagus River. But for many commuters the expected disruption failed to materialise. “It has been like any other day,” said one traveller. The trains have been running normally.” So far the government has given no indication that it will reverse any measures it has taken to meet its EU budget deficit goals.