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Government Pushing Anti-strike Measures

With labor strife mounting in Israel, Labor Minister Joseph Almogi was given a green light by Premier Golda Meir yesterday to push through legislation intended to curb wild-cat strikes. Almogi’s bill, known as the Workers and Employers Organization Act, would make it illegal to strike in defiance of union authority or of a collective agreement. It would also deny strike status to slow-down and other job actions regarded as a breach of contract. Yitzhak Ben Aharon, secretary general of Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation, said yesterday that he was prepared to consider Almogi’s bill in principle. The proposed legislation is under study by Histadrut’s trade union department. Another bill proposed by the Labor Minister calling for compulsory arbitration by the government in any labor dispute affecting essential services, has been set aside for the time being.

Mrs. Meir held an informal party for family and close friends at her home here last night. The Premier was celebrating the 50th anniversary of her arrival in Palestine from the United States as an immigrant aboard the American steamship Pocahontas, a World War I German war prize.

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