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    Unions slam Portugal's new austerity measures

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    There has been fierce condemnation of new tough austerity measures announced by Portugal's prime minister.

    Pedro Passos Coehlo said last night the government will raise social security contributions from 11 to 18 per cent next year.

    The move is designed to counter a court ruling that prohibited a cut in salary benefits for only public sector workers.