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Unemployed in Israel Plan Demonstrations and March on Knesset

January 13, 1967
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A march on Parliament of jobless workers on January 24 and mass jobless demonstrations in Jerusalem were decided on last night at a meeting of 500 representatives of workers committees in Israeli industries.

The protest demonstrations were approved as a means of informing public opinion of the hardships which Israel’s thousands of jobless workers were suffering. Another rally, organized by leftist groups, demanded immediate unemployment insurance and a large-scale public works program to provide jobs.

Meanwhile, the Civil Servants Union issued a protest last night against a recent statement by Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir that he wanted to dismiss 3,500 civil servants. The union’s anger stemmed from the fact that Mr. Sapir made his announcement without having informed the union of his intention.

The protest was decided on at an urgent meeting of the union’s secretariat which also called on all Ministry staff committees to reject direct negotiations with their director-generals and to refer all such requests to the union itself. Mr. Sapir announced his plan in Parliament.

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