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“The strike is a sacrifice for the good of the country,” said Manuel Carvalho da Silva, secretary general of the CGTP union, which along with Portugal’s other main union the UGT had called the strike action.
“It is a red card to the government for its actions that are driving the country to poverty,” da Silva said as he stood in front of a billboard listing cancelled flights at Lisbon’s airport.
Amid the disruption, the Fitch agency praised the contested budget, saying it was well-designed and contained significant expenditure reductions, but cut its rating of the bailed-out country by one notch to ‘BB+’ because of high debt levels and weak economic outlook. Source