Strike Darkens Israeli Tv Screens, Silences Radio As Other Labor Troubles Loom

Israelis were without their regular radio and television programs for the second time this month as Government-employed personnel walked out in a wage dispute. As in the earlier two day “warning strike.” only brief newscasts and Arabic broadcasts remained on the air.

The television employees jumped the strike deadline and walked out Sunday. They were followed at noon today by radio workers after wage talks between the Government Broadcasting Authority and the Journalists Association collapsed. The journalists of the electronic media are demanding the same pay as those employed by newspapers. They staged two “warning strikes” before the Broadcasting Authority agreed to negotiations. The talks broke down when the latter refused to accept the appointment of an arbitrator under conditions proposed by the journalists.

Meanwhile labor troubles loomed in other areas. Postal employees announced a one-hour strike for tomorrow because promises made to them after last month’s strike allegedly were not kept. Nurses in Government hospitals threatened to strike today if their wage demands are not met and longshoremen at the port of Ahsdod continued their prolonged work slowdown. The dock workers arrive at work late and go home early because their demands for income tax adjustments have not been met.

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