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Israeli Nurses, Midwives Threaten Strike over Wage Rise Demands

The Cabinet today rejected the demands of Israel’s surgical nurses and midwives for increased wages despite threats of a nationwide strike. The walkout is expected to begin tomorrow.

Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir defended the Government’s action by stating that salary increases cannot be granted to professions where union contracts are in effect until 1968, as this would undermine Israel’s entire wage structure. The Cabinet also turned down a request by the teachers’ union for higher pay, but no strike on the part of the teachers has been announced.

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