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November 23, 1987

Thousands of workers in Yugoslavia, including about 3,500 coal miners, were striking to press their demands for higher wages because of soaring inflation, newspapers reported. Belgrade's daily Vecernje Novosti said there are fears that the strikers at mines near Tuzla in central Yugoslavia might be joined by 10,000 other miners in the basin. More than 11,000 workers put down their tools in Yugoslavia last week after the government's anti-inflation program slapped huge price increases on foodstuffs and services. The annual inflation rate in Yugoslavia is now running at 170%. The country also has a foreign debt of $19 billion.

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