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The Liverpool City Council, beset by budget deficits and a refusal of aid from the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has voted 46 to 35 to lay off the city’s entire work force of 31,000 people for at least three months. The council said the layoffs would be effective Dec. 31 and would remain in effect until a new budget is adopted next April. The mass layoff is seen by some observers as a tactical move to bring the crisis to a head and force Thatcher’s conservative government to allocate funds.


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