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Merchant Marine Officers, Harbor Pilots End Their One-day Strike

Israeli merchant marine officers and harbor pilots ended their one-day strike which shut down Israeli ports yesterday and idled Israeli merchant ships at overseas ports.

The strikers and the port authorities agreed today to a Labor Court proposal for the mediation of grievances by the Director General of the Finance Ministry and the head of Histadrut’s Trades Union Department.

The strike called by the marine officers union was not over wages but for government action in support of the country’s merchant fleet which is, in large part, government-owned. The officers are demanding an effective national maritime policy, increased support for seamen’s training schools and improved subsidies to ensure a viable future for Israel’s deep-sea shipping.