TEL AVIV (Sep. 14)
The threat of a strike by Haifa customs officials ended today with the signing of an agreement at noon and the first break came in the strike of customs men at Ashdod. But the labor situation remains tense. About 30 customs police went back to work at Ashdod after the port workers committee complained that the strike was causing the lay-off of other employes on the eve of the High Holidays. But customs inspectors continued to strike and the port, Israel’s second largest, remained paralyzed for the seventh consecutive day.
Customs officials at Lydda Airport continued to work under a court injunction, but at a slow pace bearing out their claim that “one cannot work properly under such conditions.” As a result, large quantities of export goods are piling up in storerooms. There are no other strikes on a national scale at this moment but there are a number of local strikes by workshop and factory employes.