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Israeli Domestic Airline Planes Grounded by One-day Warning Strike

All planes of Arkia, Israel’s domestic airline, were grounded today by a one-day warning strike of flight crews demanding wage increases of 30 percent. El Al pilots also demanded wage boosts of up to 50 percent.

The managements of both companies rejected the demands in compliance with Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir’s ban last week on any wage increases for workers in such companies pending development of an overall wage policy by the Government.

Meanwhile, the Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation, in effect capitulated today to the stand of 500 Argaman textile wildcat strikers by failing to implement a decision to expel the strikers if they did not return to work yesterday.

A committee representing the striking workers continued to insist on a 600 percent compensation to workers dismissed because the Argaman plant was transferred to the Galilee. Histadrut officials subsequently proposed to the strikers that the Histadrut would accept their demand as a basis for negotiation with the Argaman management if the men would return to work.

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