TEL AVIV (Jul. 8)
The “strike” of Israel’s taxicab drives with which they had paralyzed virtually all vehicular traffic by taking their compulsory two-day “idle” period on Friday and Saturday was called off today following the intervention of the Histadrut. The cab drivers will garage their cars two days of the week.
The cab drivers’ “idle” period had coincided with the Sabbath driving ban for all other private vehicles and had forced most Israelis to remain close to home on their free day. With this pressure the cab drivers had hoped to force the government to permit their operation six days a week rather than five.
The “strike” was abandoned when the Histadrut warned that failure to comply with its suggestion would mean ousting from the labor federation. Taxis actually moved on Tel Aviv’s streets last Saturday after temporary agreements had been reached between cab drivers and the police.