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Albanian Workers Stage 24-Hour Strike

Sun., April 23, 1995

Tens of thousands of workers walked off the job Saturday in a 24-hour strike for higher pay and better labor laws.

Workers from the education, health and telecommunication unions were demanding a 35 percent hike in salaries, higher pensions and more legal protections for workers.

Three days of negotiations ended last week with the government offering only a 10 percent pay raise.

“A 35 percent rise sounds like a lot of money, but for us, the surgeons, it means only 6,700 leks ($67) a month instead of the 5,000 leks ($50) we are getting now,” said Dr. Vitor Gjereshniku of Tirana’s Surgical Hospital, who reported for work despite the strike to cover emergencies.

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