TEL AVIV (Aug. 23)
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.