Israel’s Hospitals Face New Strikes

New strikes by medical technicians and other hospital personnel threatened today less than a week after the four month-old doctors’ strike ended in an agreement to go to binding arbitration.

Some 900 X-Ray technicians walked off the job this morning and were expected to decide later in the day whether to extend their strike or return to work tomorrow. Another 15,000 administrative and senior workers at the country’s hospitals announced they will strike tomorrow.

The X-Ray technicians are not demanding higher pay but shorter hours to reduce their exposure to radiation. They insist that the hospitals and clinics employ more technicians for that purpose and also demand higher safety standards.

The administrative and service workers will walk out to protest delays in implementing the recommendations of a special commission that they receive higher salaries and more fringe benefits. The hospitals will be monned by doctors and nurses but no clerical personnel or workers to operate such services as laundry.

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