Turks and Caicos workers protest looming job cuts

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos (AP) — Hundreds of government workers in the Turks and Caicos Islands are protesting upcoming job cuts.

Teachers, immigration agents, doctors and government clerks are among the more than 200 people who marched in Providenciales on Tuesday to also demand bigger severance packages.

The government has said it will cut 300 public sector jobs by Dec. 9 to trim costs and eliminate what it says are overlapping positions.

Civil service union president Rufus Ewing says protesters might launch a second strike on Wednesday.

The government said late Monday it was surprised about the decision to protest because it had already agreed to increase severance packages after negotiations with the union.