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Portugal to cut 30,000 civil service jobs

Portugal is planning to cut 30,000 civil service jobs and to raise the retirement age by one year to 66 as it tries to meet the terms of a bailout.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said civil servants would also be required to work 40 hours a week instead of 35.

The proposals, which would be applied mostly from next year, would save 4.8bn euros (£4bn) over three years, he said.

Austerity measures in Portugal have proved deeply unpopular and have triggered large protests.

Richard Forrest reports.

  • 04 May 2013
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