yesterday is shaping legislation based on the government’s plan to establish labor peace in the public sector. Almogi said he hoped to bring the bill before the Knesset in a special session before the summer recess ends next month. Meanwhile, the strike of customs officials became more confused. Strikers at Ashdod port were reported ready to return to work today but a general meeting of the union decided to continue the walk-out.
A reverse situation developed at Haifa, Israel’s largest seaport, where a strike by customs officials was narrowly averted today by the intervention of the Haifa Labor Council. The customs men there had voted to strike at noon following the failure of a meeting last night with representatives of the Finance Ministry to settle their wage demands. Customs officials at Lydda Airport returned to their jobs last week after a Tel Aviv district court issued as injunction. It was reported today, however, that some of them planned to renew their strike in defiance of the back-to-work orders, in which case they would be liable to punishment. A strike that closed the Rogozin plant at Ashdod today was expected to end shortly as a result of negotiations between the workers and management.