Brazil faced with mounting public sector strikes

BRASILIA — Already confronted with the impact of a global economic slowdown, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s government is now having to cope with its first major wave of public sector strikes.

AFP, 8/13/2012

“It is virtually a general strike of the Brazilian public sector,” the Confederation of Federal Public Sector Workers (Condsef) said Monday, pointing out that 350,000 of the 500,000 federal employees have now joined the work stoppage over higher pay and a career plan.

But government officials say only 80,000 are involved.

The strike, which was first launched by university professors in May, has now spread to other sectors and is beginning to wreak havoc.

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