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4,000 Management, Service Personnel at 29 Hospitals Go on Strike

Israel was hit by the second serious strike in two days this morning when more than 4,000 management and service personnel at 29 government hospitals walked off their jobs in a demand for higher wages. The hospital workers rejected a plea from the Minister of Health that they return to work. All paper work has been suspended and no meals are being provided to medical and nursing staffs today. Beginning tomorrow, the strikers said they would stop preparing meals for patients. The hospital workers are demanding wage parity with the employes of hospitals run by Kupat Holim, the Histadrut’s sick fund. The strike was effective in all but the Tel Hashomer Hospital which is mourning its director, Dr. Sheba, who died last week. The staff said the strike would start there as soon as the seven-day mourning period is over. Meanwhile, 6,000 electric power station workers continued their strike, begun Sunday, to force the government to rescind its veto of new wage contract negotiated with the State-owned Israel Electric Corp. The government considers the contract inflationary. The power stations which are fully automated, have been functioning normally since the walk-out began.

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