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Palestine White Collar Workers Conference Decries Rise in Cost of Living

Inflation has resulted in a total wage cut of about $700 for a bachelor and $1,300 for a married man with two children in the period since the outbreak of the war, a Palestine-wide conference of office worker’s groups was told today.

The conference, which represents about 10,000 white collar workers, demanded that these employees be reimbursed for the loss in purchasing power suffered as a result of the approximately 300 percent rise in the cost of living in Palestine and opposed any cut in the current “cost-of-living allowances” which are designed to offset somewhat the decreased purchasing power of the pound.

Reports from the Palestine industrial delegation now in Cairo conferring with the Middle East Supply Board and Egyptian industrialists state it has completed satis factory negotiations for the sale of Palestine goods in neighboring markets and the shipment of raw materials to Palestine.