TEL AVIV (Feb. 21)
The loading of citrus and other cargoes at Haifa and Ashdod was speeded up somewhat today after longshoremen and foremen ended a week-long slowdown that had caused serious congestion at Israel’s major seaports at the peak of the citrus export season. But loading operations were not expected to return to normal for another two or three days. The port workers agreed to accept a bonus after the citrus season ends. But they apparently have little chance of realizing the demands that touched off the slowdown–a reduced tax on overtime pay.