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15,000 Professionals Declare Two-hour Warning Strike in Israel

More than 15,000 professionals employed in public and government institutions called a two-hour warning strike today for changes in their pay. They included doctors, engineers, laboratory workers and technicians.

Despite a warning from the Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation, that it opposed the strike and that its members should ignore it, only a small number of the professionals remained on the Job. The professionals struck to win an increase in grants for professional literature and a rise in the “high cost of living roof,” a reference to the index to which wages are linked.

The strikers held protest meetings in various institutions, including hospitals and clinics. They warned that a longer strike might be called if their demands were not met. Histadrut officials warned of the possibility of penalties against the strikers.