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Strike of School Teachers and of Engineers Averted in Israel

Two threatened strikes that could have paralyzed many aspects of Israeli life were temporarily averted today through the intervention of Aharon Becker, secretary-general of Histadrut, the Israel Federation of Labor. The strikes had been scheduled by the country’s elementary school teachers and by engineers. In each case, wage increases were at issue.

In separate sessions with the leaders of the two unions involved, Mr. Becker convinced the trade union leaders that Histadrut will try to help formulate agreements. In the case of the teachers, there have been long and thus far unfruitful negotiations for wage hikes with the Ministries of Education and Finance.