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Last Minute News Israel Civil Servants Start Slowdown Strike; Seek Wage Increase

The Cabinet’s approval of a salary increase for civil servants of the higher grades, increasing salary differences between them and civil servants with lower ratings, touched off a protest and work slowdown by the lower-paid Government workers today.

A spokesman for the Cabinet said that the Government was unaware of the cause of the slowdown strike, since the representatives of the lower rated civil servants had not submitted any demands. In reply, a spokesman for the dissatisfied workers said that the Government knew perfectly well what the protest was about. Meanwhile, as a gesture of good-will, mangers and their assistants announced today they would forego one-third of their salary increase and urged their colleagues to join them.