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Israel’s 2,000 Striking Nurses Return to Work; Histadrut Agrees to Present Their Demands

Israel’s 2,000 striking nurses returned to work today following an agreement late last night with the Histadrut which consented to present the strikers’ demands to the government on condition that they resume their work in government, municipal and Hadassah hospitals. Earlier, the Histadrut outlawed the nurses’ strike.

The five-day strike was precipitated by the rejection of the nurses’ demands for a 42-hour six-day work week during the summer months, higher family allowances and longer vacations. It is understood that the government is willing to grant the requests on vacation and pay, but is unable to agree to a shorter working week owing to the shortage of nurses in Israel.