Staff in San Jose strikes over equal pay for women

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About 2,000 municipal employees went on strike here to achieve equal pay for women doing work comparative to what men do. "The issue is not equal pay for women, but equal pay for work of comparable value," said an official of the striking union, the American Federation of State , County and Municipal Employees.

Other union officials said the strike could serve as a US test case.

The union reported that a study conducted by a consulting firm found pay ranged between 2 and 10 percent below average in jobs dominated by women. The biggest differential was in the post of the mayor's secretary. She received $1, 048 a month, 47 percent less than the p ay received by a senior air conditioning engineer.

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