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El Al Strike Ends; Teachers Continue Walkout; Tug Boat Crews Begin Strike

A strike by El Al ground maintenance workers at Lydda Airport ended at midnight last night and work slow downs ended at the Tel Aviv and Ashdod electric power stations. But more than 1000 high school teachers continued to strike today for higher wages. The teachers gained support from academic employes and from engineers, lawyers and physicians employed by the Education Ministry who will stage a one-day solidarity strike tomorrow. Deputy Premier and Education Minister Yigal Allon will meet the executive committee of the striking teachers’ union tonight in an effort to end the walk-out. Meanwhile tugboat crews walked off the job today at Haifa in a wage dispute with the Port Authority. The El Al ground crews engaged in a work slow down for ten days in support of wage demands. Last Thursday the slow down became a full-fledged strike. Last night they agreed to return to work after the El Al management promised to negotiate their demands within a specified time limit. If no agreement is reached, Histadrut will rule on the demands. El Al not expected to resume its full flight schedule until tomorrow. Only seven of nine scheduled flights departed from Lydda today. The Tel Aviv and Ashdod power workers accepted a proposal by the Knesset Labor Committee to return to work while their claims are taken up with the Israel Electric Corp. management.

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