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Israel’s Private Flour Mills Resume Operations; Ordered by Government

Israel’s 19 privately owned flour mills, shut down by owners in protest against alleged labor contract violations, resumed operations today under an emergency order issued by Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir.

Owners of the mills, which produce 85 percent of Israel’s flours, decided to shut the mills when workers at a mill in B’nai Brak started a slowdown for better terms than those being discussed at a national level for a new contract.

The manufacturers told officials of Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation, that they would reopen the mills only when the Histadrut would assure orderly production by all employes in all the mills. Mr. Sapir issued his order to assure flour for Israel. No agreement has yet been reached between workers and mill managements.