Hitch Develops in Ata Settlement; Workers Stay out

A hitch developed today in resumption of production at the giant Ata textile plant, strike-idled for 100 days, when management refused to permit two strikers to return to their jobs.

The barred workers were accused of attacking J. Abramov, plant manager, in a fracas during the strike, one of the costliest in Israel’s history. The strike was settled last Sunday night.

With the workers insisting that “every man on strike goes back to work, “the Histadrut executive, which took settlement negotiations away from the Haifa Labor Council to bring the walk-out to an end, met with Ata officials last night but were unable to settle the new dispute.

Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, who intervened personally twice in the walk-out, the second time to induce the Histadrut executive to negotiate for the strikers, this morning invited Haifa Labor Council representatives to meet with him to discuss the new impasse. Work continued meanwhile in the plant to prepare it for return to full production.

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