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Battery Workers Assault Press

Workers of the battery division of the Histadrut-owned Tadiran Electric Equipment and Electronics Complex, locked out by its management last week because of the refusal of the staff to accept efficiency layoffs of workers, ran amok at a press conference called by the company Tuesday.

The communications division of the company called the press conference — held at Bet Sokolow, headquarters of the Israel Journalists Association — to explain the efficiency measures planned by the division to avoid a situation similar to that which has arisen in the battery plant.

Angry battery workers charged into the press conference and threw chairs and tables about, injuring two woman journalists.

A woman employee of Bet Sokolow was hit in the stomach and taken to the hospital for treatment.

A heavy police force rushed to the scene and arrested a number of rioters.