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Employees of American aluminum producer giant Alcoa take part in a sit-in outside the Italian Industry Ministry in Rome on Monday, as they demonstrate against the closing of the Portovesme and Fusina melting plants located on the Italian mediterranean island of Sardinia, which employ around 2,000 people.

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Employees of American aluminum producer giant Alcoa take part in a sit-in outside the Italian Industry Ministry in Rome on Monday, as they demonstrate against the closing of the Portovesme and Fusina melting plants located on the Italian mediterranean island of Sardinia, which employ around 2,000 people.

Pakistani labourers work at an iron factory in Karachi on April 30, 2013, on the eve of International Labour Day. Pakistan has a workforce of around 56 million people among a population of 179 million, according to Pakistan's official figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics.

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Pakistani labourers work at an iron factory in Karachi on the eve of International Labour Day. Pakistan has a workforce of around 56m people among a population of 179m, according to Pakistan’s official figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics.