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Israeli Blackout Dissolved As Radio Technicians End Strike

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The three-day walk-out of radio communications technicians which shut down all radio, telephone, cable and teletype communications between Israel and other parts of the world, ended tonight.

(During the three-day communications blackout of normal Israeli communications facilities, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in New York, maintained a flow of Israeli news, after setting up a special, shortwave monitoring service to receive news cast from Kol Israel, the Israel Government’s radio broadcasting network, with headquarters in Jerusalem. The strikers had permitted Kol Israel to broadcast five newscasts a day. The only other communications permitted on the air were Foreign Ministry messages and personal messages cleared as “urgent.”)

The technicians, who were seeking higher pay and other improvements in work conditions, agreed today to return to work, with negotiations on outstanding issues to begin as soon as normal communications operations are resumed. A special arbitration committee was appointed by both sides to the labor dispute, to deal with outstanding issues.

It is expected to take several days before the badklog of accumulated messages is processed by the Israel Postal Service, which, among other facilities, operates the radio communications.

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