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Israel’s Railway Network Hit by Slowdown of Locomotive Engineers

The Israel railway network was hit by a slowdown yesterday by locomotive engineers throughout the country who are dissatisfied over their classification in a new civil service system which grades them as unskilled workers. The Tel Aviv-Haifa express took twice its usual time to complete the run between the two cities, and trains in other parts of the country arrived with one or two-hour delays.

Drivers employed by the Jewish National Fund went out on a one-day strike today in support of their demands for salaries equal to government-employed drivers. The two strikes were part of a generally troubled labor situation in which nearly all of the country’s civil service workers are either striking, have struck, or are threatening to strike over the new classification system.