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20,000 YUGOSLAV WORKERS GO ON STRIKE

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About 20,000 workers in a mining and industrial complex walked off their jobs Friday, demanding a 40 percent pay increase, Belgrade Radio reported.

If the strike continues at the Kolubara complex 35 miles south of Belgrade, the operation of two plants essential for supplying power to the Yugoslav capital would be threatened, the state news agency Tanjug said.It was among several strikes throughout the country this month, with workers protesting low wages amid a 2,500 percent annual inflation rate and claiming they would be unable to cope with the government austerity measures set to take effect Monday.