TEL AVIV (Jun. 20)
The 80,000 local government employees who had been on strike throughout the country for three days returned to work today, except from those in Safed, Beth Shean and local religious councils.
Municipalities in the three major cities began making efforts to clear away the garbage which had piled up in the streets. Mayors hoped they would clear the backlog by the weekend.
Meanwhile, motorists continued their search for gas for their cars, in the face of a refusal by most gas station owners to obey temporary orders by local labor courts to unlock their pumps.
Back to work orders were issued to 160 of the same 450 privately-owned filling stations. But the gas station owners association sent its members round to stations which opened of their own accord or on the orders of the courts, persuading virtually all of them to close down again.