TEL AVIV (Feb. 6)
Two hundred stevedores walked out on strike at the new port of Ashdod today, insisting that a number of special payments be included in their new contract. The old contract had expired Friday. The strikers are the same men who had staged a slow-down in loadings at Ashdod last month.
The Citrus Marketing Board immediately ordered a halt to the shipment of all fruits for loading at Ashdod until the situation is clarified. Four ships that were being leaded Friday were compelled to sail with only partial cargoes, due to the slow-down and strike.