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Haifa Dock Workers Slow Citrus Shipments: Israel Railway Strike Averted

Citrus export shipments were falling behind here today as a result of a work slowdown by Haifa dock workers demanding cheaper meals in the port restaurant. The workers, who are refusing to put in overtime hours needed to keep the shipments on schedule, rejected a directive issued by the Histadrut, the Israel Labor Federation, that the stevedores resume normal Overtime operations.

A threatened strike by railway engineers was averted, meanwhile, after Transport Minister Israel Bar-Yehuda instructed the railway management to continue paying special bonuses to assistant engineers, a key issue in the labor dispute. The management had earlier threatened to discontinue such payments. The payments have been resumed temporarily, until the Histadrut hands down a ruling on the issue.