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General Strike Involving 20,000 Professionals Averted in Israel

A general strike of some 20,000 Israeli physicians, engineers and other professionals employed in government and public enterprises, which had been scheduled for September 5, was averted today. Representatives of the professionals and the Government reach agreement on a schedule for the granting of salary adjustments on a par with administrative officials, Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir informed the Cabinet today.

The strike was to have been in protest against the Government’s delay in carrying out the salary adjustments already agreed upon. The details of the agreement will be worked out by a joint commission representing the Government and the professionals.