ASHDOD, Israel (Feb. 14)
Operations returned to normal today at the Ashdod port after two days of picketing by wives of dismissed port workers. Police continued to patrol the area.
Forty dismissed workers went on a hunger strike in protest against their lay-offs. Wives of 30 of them formed a living wall at the port to prevent other workers from entering. One consequence of the brief tie-up was that three ships left the port unloaded, and captains of seven other vessels said they might have to follow suit. However, with resumption of work, it appeared the seven ships would remain for unloading. The 40 workers remained on their hunger strike today.
Another phase of the port dispute involved a demand by temporary workers for permanent jobs. A committee of the workers agreed to a proposal that the demand be referred to the Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation, for a decision.