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Workers Stage Exhaust-in

Disgruntled electric power station workers in Elat, who shut down a water desalination plant there at the height of the summer heat and who returned to their jobs under a government return-to-work order, announced a new wrinkle in slowdown tactics today. Effective immediately, they will remain on the job after their regular shifts thus becoming so exhausted they will be unable to comply with the compulsory work order, their spokesman said.

The spokesman said that, while the workers have been back on the job for more than month, the Electric Corp. has done nothing to comply with a recommendation of a government mediator to add more workers to each shift the issue on which they originally quit their jobs. Elat officials have acted to assure full reservoirs and expressed confidence that they could assure water supplies even if the unique new job action cuts off new supplies.

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