Portuguese factory workers' fight for their jobs highlights Europe's struggle, hope for growth

March 18, 2015 8:20 AM

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VILA NOVA DE GAIA, Portugal – A rusting yellow production line dangles from the ceiling of the cavernous Valadares factory, the long racks of ceramic sinks and toilets whose manufacture once provided jobs for 1,500 people gathering dust in the dim light from high windows.

The Portuguese factory shut down in 2012 amid Europe's financial crisis, its huge debts and outdated business practices dooming it to bankruptcy. Now, on the factory floor some 10 meters (30 feet) below the symbols of the broken past, some former employees are back at their jobs and fighting to rebu...

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