By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2019
The financial aristocracy has made clear that it will not tolerate workers’ demands for a dramatic rise in wages and working conditions, proper rest times, and fundamental social change.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 May 2019
The fuel tankers dispute is the latest manifestation in Portugal of the eruption of the class struggle internationally.
By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019
Leading union officials have issued warnings to the government that its actions could trigger “uncontrollable” struggles by workers that they cannot prevent.
By Paul Mitchell, 2 February 2019
As the strike movement develops, the unions have sought to dissipate united opposition into regional and sectoral strikes directed at pleading with various ministers, parliament and the president to change course.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 January 2019
So far this year, strike action has taken place or is pending in the judicial system, dockyards, oil refineries and food industry and among teachers and nurses.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 December 2018
To stem rising social anger, the government in Portugal secured an agreement from Facebook to close down the Yellow Vest protest organisers’ website and drafted in 20,000 security police.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 August 2018
The whole episode surrounding Robles reveals, once again, the hypocritical self-seeking nature of the upper middle class constituency that forms the social basis of the pseudo-left.
By Paul Mitchell, 6 July 2018
Catarina Príncipe, a leading member of the Left Bloc, expresses concerns that it has been exposed by helping to resuscitate the pro-austerity Socialist Party.
By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2017
Despite Socialist Party government threats, some 85 percent of the 70,000 nurses in the country took part in the strike, bringing services to a halt.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 June 2017
Portugal has the highest proportion of forest area in Europe, most of which is in private hands and poorly managed, abandoned or planted with acres of highly flammable Eucalyptus trees.
By Alejandro López, 6 September 2016
In 2014, Portugal spent just €70 million on firefighting and €20 million in fire prevention, which pales in comparison to the country’s €2.1 billion military spending.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2016
The Eurogroup welcomed the commitment of the Socialist Party/Left Bloc/Communist Party coalition to comply with the EU’s austerity demands.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2016
The Left Bloc, Communist Party and Greens have enabled the Socialist Party government to impose one pro-capitalist measure after another in the short time it has been in power.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 February 2016
The Portuguese Stalinists and pseudo-left gave their support to the Socialist Party, knowing full well that it is a pro-business, pro-austerity party.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 January 2016
The Socialist Party has already made clear that it is committed to the troika’s demands, offering to cut the budget deficit by more than it previously suggested.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 December 2015
The bailout of Banif was only possible because of the actions of the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, whose support brought the minority PS government to power last month.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 December 2015
The Left Bloc, which promoted itself in the general election as an alternative to austerity, has stepped forward to defend Portuguese and European capitalism.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 November 2015
The Left Bloc has effectively ditched its own programme in return for an alliance with the pro-austerity Socialist Party and subordination to the dictates of the EU.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2015
Having brought down the conservatives, the Socialist Party and its allies aim to continue the EU’s agenda of austerity.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015
Faced with rising social anger among working people, the PS is trying, like Syriza in Greece, to prepare a government to give a “left” face to continued austerity.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 October 2015
The Socialist Party (PS) failed to overtake the ruling PSD-CSD-PP.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 May 2015
With the Socialist Party unable to significantly capitalize on the disaffection with the government, smaller pseudo-left parties could hold the balance of power.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 November 2014
The timing and manner of Sócrates’ arrest suggest motivations of a right-wing character.
By Paul Mitchell, 2 June 2014
Votes for the two right-wing government coalition partners collapsed to just 27.7 percent
By Sybille Fuchs, 8 February 2014
Portugal’s right-wing government is attempting to sell off works of art rightfully belonging to the Portuguese people.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 December 2013
The largest budget cuts in over 30 years provoked widespread strikes and protests in Portugal.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 December 2013
The finance minister was adamant that the government’s austerity measures would continue long after the bailout programme comes to an end next summer.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 November 2013
A strike of Portuguese public sector workers, in opposition to further austerity cuts of €3.9 billion, including wage cuts of up to 12 percent, received the support of 70 percent of the workforce.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 November 2013
As unemployment and poverty grow, thousands protested against new austerity measures of the Portuguese government.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 July 2013
In a televised speech, Portuguese President Cavaco Silva declared that the country was in a national emergency, but rejected new elections.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2013
The governing coalition faced crisis last week with the resignation of the Finance Minister and Foreign Minister.
By Paul Mitchell, 28 June 2013
Many Portuguese workers participated in a general strike Thursday, the fourth in two years against austerity.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2013
The Portuguese Constitutional Court’s ruling against EU budget cuts reveals the politically criminal and illegal basis of the pan-European onslaught on the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 March 2013
The announcement that Portugal may be given an additional year to pay back the €78 billion bailout comes amid fears of economic meltdown and growing concern at the depth of public opposition.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 March 2013
The EU finance ministers have agreed in principle to examine ways to restructure the bailout programmes of Ireland and Portugal.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 December 2012
Portuguese dockworkers have struck against the restructuring plans of the right-wing Social Democratic Party/Popular Party coalition government.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2012
Portugal’s National Assembly last week approved the country’s harshest-ever budget.
By our reporters, 15 November 2012
Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday in a number of European countries to demonstrate against rising unemployment and the austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the IMF.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 October 2012
Thousands demonstrated in Lisbon outside the National Assembly and the prime minister’s residence, as the government announced the harshest budget proposals in decades on Monday.
By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2012
Tens of thousands of workers, young people, unemployed and retirees demonstrated in major cities of Portugal and Spain Saturday.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 September 2012
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations in 40 cities across Portugal organized under the slogan “To hell with the troika, we want our lives back.”
By Paul Mitchell, 6 August 2012
On August 1, Portugal’s new labour reforms came into force, dictated virtually word for word by officials from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 March 2012
Portugal was paralysed by a general strike yesterday, as workers demonstrated against austerity measures and labour reforms.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 February 2012
Reform of Portugal’s labour laws and the right-wing coalition government’s austerity measures are provoking mass opposition.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2011
The recent budget, together with earlier cuts, will reportedly cut public sector take-home pay by 27 percent next year compared to 2010.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2011
The downgrading of Portuguese bonds to junk status has provoked bitter recriminations from European Union leaders, who fear for the stability of the entire continent.
By Chris Marsden, 10 June 2011
The defeat of Portugal’s Socialist Party government in the June 5 election has brought forth a plethora of articles on the rout suffered by Europe’s social democratic parties.
By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2011
Portugal’s general election has ended in defeat for the ruling Socialist Party (SP) of Jose Sócrates and victory for the centre-right opposition Social Democrats (PSD).
By Paul Mitchell, 4 June 2011
The ruling elite in Portugal are planning a social counter-revolution following the general election on Sunday June 5.
By Paul Mitchell, 6 May 2011
Early indications are that a terrible assault on the living standards of the working class is being launched in a society where unemployment is already at a record high 11 percent.
By Alex Lantier, 14 April 2011
The Portuguese bailout is a reactionary, anti-democratic charade aimed at blocking a political challenge by the working class to austerity policies.
By Nick Beams, 9 April 2011
The aim of the Portuguese bailout, expected to total at least €80 billion, is to prop up the European banks by imposing major cuts to the living standards and social conditions of the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2011
The European Union is demanding massive austerity measures in return for a multi-billion euro bailout requested by the Portuguese government on Thursday.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 April 2011
In a new escalation of the euro crisis, Portugal became the third European country to ask the European Union and the International Monetary Fund for a loan.
By Paul Mitchell, 31 March 2011
Portugal edged closer to seeking a financial bailout this week, as the cost of government borrowing hit record highs.
By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 24 March 2011
Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates resigned yesterday, amid rising strikes and protests and attempts by the ruling class to find a broader political coalition to force social cuts on the workers.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 March 2011
Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against youth unemployment in 11 cities across Portugal on Saturday. Noticeable by their absence were political parties and trade unions.
5 March 2011
WSWS journalist Paul Mitchell replies to a letter sent by a reader from Portugal.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 January 2011
Portugal is under mounting pressure from other euro zone countries to accept an international financial bailout.
By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2010
The Portuguese government agreed to make an Azores air base available for CIA flights, while keeping the arrangement secret from its own people.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2010
Yesterday’s general strike in Portugal brought the country to a halt, as millions of workers from the public and private sector stayed away from work ahead of a vote in Congress on the government’s budget and austerity measures.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2010
In what has become a pattern across Europe, the unions in Portugal have called a one-day general strike today, November 24, in advance of a budget vote in Congress on Friday.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 May 2010
Portugal’s Socialist Party government has agreed with the opposition Social Democrats on further austerity measures to cut the deficit in half—from 9.4 percent of GDP to 4.6 percent by next year.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 March 2010
The petty-bourgeois political grouping, the Left Bloc (Bloco Esquerda), is offering its services to Portuguese capitalism as it faces renewed pressure from international financial institutions and speculators.
By Julie Hyland, 5 March 2010
A 24-hour strike by Portugal’s 500,000 public sector workers Thursday caused widespread disruption.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 March 2010
Portugal’s half a million public sector workers are expected to take part in Thursday’s one-day strike against the austerity programme being imposed by the Socialist Party government.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2010
Last Friday, tens of thousands of Portugal’s public sector workers demonstrated in Lisbon against a planned wage freeze.