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Israeli Communications Workers Return to Jobs, Ending Paralyzing Strike

Ten thousand government-employed engineers and technicians returned to work today after reaching a compromise agreement to end a three-day strike which began Sunday. The agreement called for a special committee to prepare amendments to a recent government regulation which would require jobs now filled by practical engineers and technicians to be assigned only to licensed engineers in the future. The compromise was worked out by Labor Minister Yosef Almogi who agreed to abide by the committee’s recommendations which are to be made within two months.

The brief strike caused the suspension of all Israeli radio and television programs except for brief newscasts and limited communications at Lydda Airport to meteorological reports.