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Knesset Rejects by 53-26 Vote Motion to Establish Compulsory Arbitration in All Labor Disputes

The Knesset in a special recess session today rejected a motion by four opposition factions to establish compulsory arbitration of all labor disputes. The vote was 53-26 against the measure proposed by Gahal, Agudat Israel, State List and Free Center which had called the special session in the midst of a worsening labor crisis in Israel. Labor Minister Yosef Almogi explained the government’s plan to make arbitration mandatory in disputes involving government and public service workers but maintained that the proposals by the opposition factions would constitute an infringement of basic rights.

Speaking for Gahal, Herut leader Menachem Beigin warned that the country was approaching a condition of labor civil war and demanded the establishment of a labor tribunal to exercise compulsory arbitration not limited to public employes. A ministerial committee appointed by the Cabinet,