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Strike halts Portugal's trains

Strike halts Portugal's trains
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There were hardly any trains running in Portugal on Sunday because drivers went on strike in protest at disciplinary measures.

They were disciplined for allegedly failing to ensure legally required minimum services during a recent general strike over pay cuts and tax increases as part of a national austerity programme.

Passenger response was mixed. One traveller said: “I think that with these policies, things won’t get better. Workers have the right to strike. It’s a fight for civil rights.”

But commuter Almerinda Antao complained: “I don’t agree (with this strike). We pay a monthly fee for transport, I think it’s wrong to leave people here waiting for so long when they pay so much money every month.”

The state-owned national rail company expects some disruptions on Monday of long-distance, regional and commuter train services. It says strikes this year have cost it eight million euros.