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Israel Premier to Negotiate with Physicians Who Declared Stoppage in State Hospitals

The Israel Cabinet last night instructed Premier David Ben Gurion to meet with representatives of government-employed physicians who Tuesday staged a 24-hour strike and with civil service officials who have been negotiating with the doctors.

The one-day work stoppage, which affected some 300 doctors in immigration camps, government hospitals and clinics, was called in support of demands for an increase in their current monthly wage of 80 pounds ($224) and for recognition of their national medical association. The Cabinet also considered the picketing of the Yemenite Rosh Haayin immigrant camp by unemployed Histadrut workers protesting the fact that some of the camp inmates accepted employment below union scales.

An agreement for the incorporation of the Hapoel Hamizrachi in the Histadrut, Israel’s general federation of labor, was signed here today in the offices of the Histadrut. The pact will become effective, however, only after a solution is reached on the problem of Mizrachi teachers who have thus far refused to join the Histadrut.