Railway cuts salaries, raises fares

  • 1999-10-21
  • By J. Michael Lyons
RIGA - Railroad workers, who are still gritting their teeth over a 5 percent pay cut last month, may have more to worry about now that Latvijas Dzelzcels, the state-owned railway, announced it may lay off as many as 1,800 workers to compensate for declining cargo revenue.Passengers were not spared the railway's revenue-raising measures either. Fare prices increased an average of 1.25 santims ($0.02) per kilometer back on Sept. 1. Passengers on local routes closer to Riga took it hardest, while long-distance routes increased nominally, according to railway officials. But that was just the b...
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