Algerian Industrial Workers Strike

Published May 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

About 100,000 Algerian industrial workers went on strike Sunday to protest plans that could lead to further privatization of state industries, reported AP Monday.  

Most of Algeria's industry is in state hands, and workers worry that proposals to privatize some companies could lead to job cuts.  

Some 60 companies, including those in the metals, mechanical and electrical industries, were hit by the nationwide strike, added the agency.  

Unions representing the workers want the government to preserve state industries, clean up their finances, and allow employees to participate in decisions concerning the future of state-run companies.  

Thousands of workers have lost their jobs in recent years as the government tries to orient the Algerian economy to more market-oriented principles, AP said -  


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