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Zimbabwe strike over

A 16-day strike by Zimbabwe's government workers appeared to be over yesterday, with civil servants returning to their jobs, but threatening to walk out again if their demands were ignored.

According to the state news agency, the strike cost the government at least 1bn Zimbabwe dollars (pounds 66m) in uncollected revenue. The government agreed to back down from its decision to fire workers during the strike and earlier raised its pay offer from 9 to 29 per cent. AP - Harare