Portuguese banks in the city of Lisbon are starting 2014 off on something of a trashy note, as garbage piled up by area residents in protest of proposed privatization of municipal garbage collection, is beginning to accumulate at the bank’s front doors.
The dumping of the garbage at area banks comes as an act of solidarity and frustration with the local garbage collectors ongoing strike in protest of the banking sector backed move to privatize the public service.
The strike, which is slated to end January 5th, enjoys wide support from both within and outside of the trash collectors union, with 85% of union members expressing support for the move and unions outside of their own converging to help present a unified front in this, the latest battle against neoliberal privatizing of public goods and services.
This latest strike by public sector workers in Portugal comes on the heels on a four-day protest strike by customs, immigration police and security services in the country which took place in November in opposition to austerity driven budget cuts which threatened the workers pay, benefits and job security.
Portugal is the latest Eurozone nation to experience widespread protests and strikes in the face of a growing austerity movement, stemming from the global financial crisis.
As is common throughout the United States, numerous vulture capitalist companies and investment banks are looking to exploit the fiscal worries of the nation by proposing the continual deconstruction and selling off of public assets and services to the private sector.
With strong allies in the Portuguese parliament, the moneyed private sector seeking privatization faces stiff opposition from a strong organized labor movement, as well as highly active and politically involved public who have both demonstrated that the Portuguese people do not intend to sit idly by while their nation is parted off to the highest bidders.
h/t: Dangerous Minds