Jerusalem Municipal Employes Threaten to Start Two-day Strike

Jerusalem’s municipal employes warned the city council here today that they would declare a two-day strike tomorrow unless their demands for salary increases are met “immediately.” The employes contend that the city council had refused to grant them wage rises, although the demands fall into the maximums authorized by the national Government.

The high economic cost of strikes and lock-outs in Israel was spelled out today in a report by the Social and Economic Research Institute of the Histadrut, the Israel federation of labor. According to the report, a total of 205,000 days of work were lost in Israel in 1965, due to strikes and lock-outs. These disputes were reported as having involved 90,000 workers.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Cabinet deferred action on a request by Minister of Labor Yigal Allon for approving in principle new legislation that would guarantee work to every able-bodied Israeli. Some of the Ministers in the Cabinet argued that the principle is one that the Government supports but that it would be folly to support such legislation since such a law could not be implemented unless public works were established.

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