Labor strike picket signs 311.
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The Histadrut labor federation has renewed its threat to call a general strike
over contract workers, after what it called the Finance Ministry “backtracking”
Histadrut sources say that, last week, the ministry had
agreed in principle to hire some contract workers by the public sector,
including cleaners, but then reversed and said it would only “improve their
At the moment, unless there is a breakthrough in tonight’s
meeting, tomorrow, the Histadrut will announce labor sanctions for later this
The Histadrut believes a general strike will cause the Federation
of Israeli Chambers of Commerce to immediately petition the National Labor Court
for an injunction, and that a court hearing would create a dynamic for
Based on past National Labor Court
interventions, a general strike would last no more than a day or two. For now,
however, the Histadrut is relying on threats of a strike to pressure the
Finance Ministry sources told Globes that budget director Gal
Hershkowitz has rejected the hiring of contract workers, especially cleaning
staff and security guards, but that it would improve their job terms.
ministry may also agree to small-scale hiring of computer people, but only if
they are working on longstanding projects at ministries with long-term contracts.