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Tel Aviv Faced with Mail Strike over Pay, Hours

Tel Aviv, the 100 per cent Jewish city, is threatened with a post office strike unless demands of the Tel Aviv letter carriers for higher wages and for an eight-hour working day are complied with by the General Postmaster of Palestine.

The Tel Aviv letter carriers—twenty-six in number—have submitted a memorandum to the Postmaster General, declaring that the strike will be called if the above-stated conditions are not granted during the month of November. The letter carriers also demand payment for overtime work. They complain that they are unfairly burdened in having to cope with mail for a population of 100,000, the majority of whom get their letters at home. They point out that twenty-six postmen is too small a number to serve such a large population.

Increases have been promised the Tel Aviv mail carriers for some months past. They had also been told that they would receive pay for overtime. Thus far, the promises have not been carried out.

The memorandum submitted to the Postmaster General depicts the plight of the mail carriers and the difficulty of existing on their small salaries. Some of them work an average of twelve hours a day at a wage of $25 to $30 a month. Moreover, fines are frequently imposed upon them for infractions of the postal regulations.

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