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Some 4,000 Unionists Protest Outside Prime Minister’s Office

About 4,000 angry trade union activists demonstrated outside the Prime Minister’s office today to protest cuts in social services and the erosion of their wages by inflation. The demonstrators represented 73 Histadrut-affiliated unions from all over the country.

Meanwhile, some 6,500 railroad and postal workers continued the strike they began yesterday and there are threats of strikes in other sectors of labor. Histadrut and Treasury officials were scheduled to meet later today to continue negotiations for a compromise on the wage demands of civil servants.

About 60,000 government employes staged a two-hour work stoppage yesterday and another warning strike was called for tomorrow if there is no progress in the negotiations.