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All Israeli Institutions of Higher Learning Face Strike Today

February 7, 1966
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The academic staffs of all five Israeli institutions of higher learning threatened today they will launch a general strike tomorrow, unless they are given retroactive pay increases due them under an agreement signed last November by the Israeli Treasury and the academic coordinating committee.

Involved in the possible walk-out are the faculties of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University here, Bar-Ilan University at Ramat Gan, the Israel Institute of Technology-Technion at Haifa, and the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovot.

A proposal by the Treasury for partial payment of the claims was rejected overwhelmingly today by the representatives of the five academic staffs. The Treasury had proposed to make partial payment now, offering the remainder of the salaries due in Government bonds. The academicians employed by the Government itself are receiving back pay, but the Treasury has disclaimed responsibility for payments due to lecturers, although the universities are subsidized by the Government.

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