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Spanish workers strike to protest job losses

Some 200,000 workers staged a day of strikes and marches across Spain Thursday in mass protest against industry job losses. The Communist-led Workers' Commissions trade union, which spearheaded the strikes in shipyards and ports, described them as the biggest protest to date against the Socialist government's plans to regenerate inefficient and outmoded industry.

The government argues that big state industries must be pared down and made more competitive before Spain's planned entry into the European Economic Community in 1986. But Spain's unions say the government program has created only job losses in a country already suffering from the highest level of unemployment in Western Europe.

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