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Israel Could Face Nationwide Strike

July 18, 1990
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An open-end nationwide workers’ strike has been called Sunday, unless the government backs down on plans to cancel special tax exemptions for certain workers.

The impending strike was announced Tues by the workers’ committees of the 13 largest industrial enterprises in the country.

The work stoppage, which could paralyze entire country, will begin Sunday unless Treasury agrees to cancel a new law abridge special tax exemptions for certain employ mainly those who work second or third shifts.

The decision was made after a noisy abusive meeting between the workers’ representatives and officials of the Income Tax and Government Revenues divisions of the Finance Minis

Government officials said tax reform the new law removes only a few “anomalies exempted employees who earn more than times the average wage, but provides a high take-home pay to virtually all workers.

Workers’ representatives denied that strike threat was a political move against Finance Minister Yitzhak Moda’i of Likud. They said tax reforms had been introduced by his pre sore, Laborite Shimon Peres.

The workers’ representatives also said Likud members of the various workers’ come had been among the most vocal in favor strike.

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