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Some 350,000 Public Employes Stage a Two-hour Warning Strike

About 350,000 government and municipal employes held a two-hour warning strike today to protest the Finance Ministry’s refusal to pay them a 500 Shekel ($25) monthly cost-of-living allowance to compensate for the erosion of their wages by inflation.

They were joined in the walk-out by employes of public institutions and organizations. The strike was observed by elementary school teachers, Defense Ministry workers, court employes and civilians employed by the army. Many of them have threatened a longer strike next week unless their demands are met.

Finance Minister Yoram Aridor has offered to pay the 500 Shekel increment only to employes who earn less than the average wage. The Histadrut trade unions are demanding that the increments be paid to all workers.