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Strike disrupts Portuguese public services

A strike by government workers is disrupting public services in Portugal as labor groups continue their battle against pay and pension cuts and the loss of entitlements.

Many workers, especially those on the public payroll, have endured two years of falling income and higher taxes since Portugal’s 78 billion euros ($105 billion) bailout in 2011.

More austerity is planned next year as Portugal’s creditors and other countries using the euro currency compel Lisbon to get its finances into shape.

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