Portugal's two largest trades union federations have reached agreement on calling a joint strike for public sector in late June, to protest proposed cuts in pay and working conditions, union sources told Lusa News Agency.
"There are no longer any doubts about the convergence of civil service unions on a strike against the new attacks on workers in the sector," the sources said.
After a series of meetings with the secretary of state for public administration to discuss the right-of-centre's latest package of reforms for the sector, and after meetings between union officials, the three main umbrella groups representing public sector workers have reached agreement on staging a joint action.
The government has proposed pay cuts, an extension of the working week to 40 hours from 35 at present and larger contributions to the public sector healthcare scheme.
It also intends to limit the period during which civil servants whose posts have been abolished can remain on full or part pay while no new post has been found for them, and to press ahead with voluntary redundancies.
Union leaders are expected to announce the date of the strike before the weekend, with 27 June seen as most likely.
On Thursday, the CGTP - the largest federation - marked the first of four national holidays to be abolished, starting this year, with protests around the country in which thousands of union members took part.