The political crisis in Portugal is taking place against the background of people’s protests against the worsening of the social and economic situation. The prime minister’s resignation on Wednesday and the beginning of consultations on an early election coincided with transport sector strikes. The state railway company is going on a 24-hour strike on Friday. The people are protesting against wage cuts carried out according to the government austerity plan . The underground in the Portuguese capital did not work on Thursday morning. Trade unions began the “spring attack” against the austerity policy on the 19th of March.