Help Payday Go to Portugal to Cover Strike Wave Changing Austerity Debate

A massive series of strikes in Portugal has raised opposition to austerity. (AP)

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Earlier this year, a reader helped arrange for Payday to go to Portugal, where we are going to cover the growing strike wave against austerity there.

As many of you know, I actually speak Portuguese pretty fluently from time in journalism school in Brasil.

After covering the teachers’ strike on the ground in West VirginiaOklahomaArizona,  North Carolina, and Virginia, I am excited to get overseas to understand how global public sector workers are changing the conversation in Europe.

In December alone, there were over 50 strikes in Portugal from workers in various sectors protesting austerity and privatization.

These strikes have served to effectively push an anti-austerity measure. As part of an EU financial bailout of Portugal in 2014, Portugal was forced to privatize many of its’ public institutions including the Postal Service.

This Wednesday in Lisbon, the Portuguese Parliament is expected to vote on legislation that would re-nationalize the Postal Service.

Payday Report is going to Portugal and going to primarily reporting, but I am also gonna check out some sites.

Unfortunately, a $1068 freelance check is late and I find myself facing budget pressure right before the trip. Fortunately, many of my readers have gotten my back to help cover the cost.

So once again, I ask for your help in telling a story that other publications may overlook: the wave of strikes gripping Portugal and changing the conversation on austerity.

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and has dinner with his folks regularly. He can be reached at Melk@PaydayReport.com A Sidney Award winner and proud graduate of Woodland Hills, Elk lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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