TEL AVIV (Feb. 20)
The threat of a nationwide shutdown of newspapers in Israel was posed today by demands of Israeli printers for increased pay which were ademantly opposed by the Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation.
The Histadrut, citing the general economic need to stabilize the economy, warned the printers against any sudden strike move and the printers were scheduled to discuss the deadlock at a meeting today.
The Histadrut meanwhile was facing internal wage demands by its own Sick Fund clerks. Histadrut officials rejected those demands despite a strike threat. Another demand for more pay arose last night when the crews of El A1 Airlines were recognized as an “independent” body within the general E1 A1 Workers Union.