Thousands of teachers have joined other public sector workers in strikes and protests against harsh public sector cutbacks in Portugal. The government of Jose Socrates - leader of the Partido Socialista - which had come to office in 2005 pledged to revive the ailing Portuguese economy, is pursuing neo-liberal policies of protecting profits while attacking public services. With inflation at 5% teachers have seen their pay cut, causing huge anger in the profession. 100,000 teachers took part in a massive demonstration and the following Friday there was a general strike of public service workers. The teachers have got widespread support from the public who do not want to see the education budget being cut and who are suffering in the deepening economic crisis in the country. The demonstrations have been the bigest since the 1974 revolution in Portugal.