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Striking War Invalids Evicted from Transport Ministry

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About 50 disabled veterans who are salaried workers for the Dan bus cooperative were evicted by police from the offices of the Transport Ministry yesterday as they began the 23rd day of a strike to obtain less restrictive terms for memberships in the co-op. Ministry director general Dan Hiram called the police after the strikers locked the building’s main entrance from the inside. The workers offered no resistance and continued their strike outside the building.

Under Israeli law, several job categories are reserved for war invalids, and may be given to others only if such invalids are unavailable. The jobs include bus co-op ticket salesmen and drivers. Full membership in the co-op depends on applicants’ state of health. The co-ops have balked at hiring invalids unless the Transport or Defense Ministry takes responsibility for medical expenses and payments to invalid employes’ kin if the invalids’ illness and death are attributable to their injuries.

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