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Public Workers Back on the Job in Jamaica

Associated Press

Most public employees returned to their jobs Thursday after a general strike disrupted electricity, water and communications for three days, but large private factories and mills remained closed.

The Socialist opposition party issued a statement Thursday calling on Prime Minister Edward Seaga to resign.

The six major unions that called the strike on Sunday represent 250,000 workers on this island of 2.2 million people.

They rejected Seaga’s call late Tuesday for a return to work. Seaga had said he would meet with union leaders after they ended the strike.

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In an effort to reduce the government payroll, Seaga has fired 6,000 public employees.


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