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Strike Pending; Slow-down on

Israel’s teachers union announced today that it would stage a one-day strike Dec. 28 in support of demands for higher wages and would consider further strike action if their demands are not met. The union rejected an appeal by Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir to refrain from any action. Sapir met with the union heads over the week-end and reportedly agreed in principle that the teachers deserved higher wages but said they were asking too much at this time.

The government and Histadrut resolved, meanwhile, to take strong measures against El Al maintenance crews who have been conducting a rule-book slow-down for the past week. Most El Al departures have been delayed by at least one hour.

Transport Minister Shimon Peres who left for the U.S. this morning on a mission for the Israel Bond Organization, disclosed that Premier Golda Meir participated in a meeting last night on the El Al situation. Peres said a continuation of the slow-down could seriously damage Israel’s economy. An El. Al spokesman said yesterday that all El Al flights might be suspended if the slow-down continued.

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