Public sector strike affects schools and hospitals

Friday May 20 has seen large-scale ‘adherence’ to the public sector strike called by syndicates pushing for higher salaries. Schools up and down the country are closed; hospitals are offering ‘minimal services’ while the Frente Comun (Common Front) has called a protest in front of parliament this afternoon. Comments on news in the national media suggest many see this form of showing discontent as more about ‘getting a long weekend’ than any serious attempt at changing government policy.