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Portugal Dock Workers Extend Strike Until Nov. 28, Union Says

Portuguese dock workers extended a strike in at least four ports until Nov. 28 as they protest against a plan to change labor rules, a union official said today.

“We will continue to strike until the government and unions reach an agreement,” Vitor Dias, head of the Stevedores’ Union of Central and Southern Portugal, which represents about 300 workers, said in an interview today.

The strike, which began before the government approved a draft law on Sept. 20 to make employment practices in the sector more flexible and reduce exporting costs, was due to end next week, according to Dias. Dock workers at ports in Lisbon, Setubal, Aveiro and Figueira da Foz are expected to join the protest, he said.

Portuguese holding company Semapa-Sociedade de Investimento e Gestao SGPS SA said on Oct. 26 that the strikes were slowing down its ability to export the cement and paper it produces in Portugal. The government proposal still has to be voted in parliament.

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