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Continuation of El Al Slowdown Imperils Israel’s Air Communications

Some 450 El Al ground maintenance crew members continued their week-long work slowdown today despite an appeal from the airline management and pressure from Histadrut to end it. The El Al board of directors warned last night that if the slowdown is not ended immediately, Israel’s air communications would be severely damaged and considerable harm would be caused to the workers themselves. The slowdown has forced El Al to curtail its flights out of Lydda Airport. Only four out of nine scheduled flights took off today. The slowdown has spread to electric power workers in Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Eilat who are also demanding wage hikes. Only 60 percent of normal power was provided causing some industrial plants to shut down and others to use their emergency diesel generators

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