El Salvador Finance Ministry employees and thousands of sympathizers ignored government threats of imprisonment and went on strike. Workers at the ministry declared an indefinite work stoppage and demanded a monthly wage increase of $25, in addition to improved benefits. A strike leader said that more than half the ministry's 5,200 workers are honoring the strike and that nearly 7,000 other state employees stayed off their jobs for a day in support. The government accused the strikers of trying to destabilize the country in collaboration with rebel leftists.
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