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Israeli Income Tax Officials Complete Two-day Warning Strike’ on Wages

Israeli income tax officials engaged in assessing the incomes of self-employed persons today completed a two-day warning strike following their demands for salary increases of up to 50 percent of their basic pay.

The 300 assessors involved in the walkout, who threatened to renew the strike if their demands were not met, had earlier rejected a pay offer by the technical committee of the Civil Servants Association on the grounds that it was inadequate. “The tax officials claimed that their section of the Israel revenue service had to bear the heaviest work load since they had to deal with merchants, professionals and other self-employed persons whose tax returns required careful checking.

The striking officials said that their investigations made heavy demands on their time and nerves and often resulted in their being socially ostracised because of their type of work. The secretary of the Civil Servants Association described the strike as “unauthorized.”