The Histadrut-General Labor Federation said Sunday that it would postpone until after Holocaust Remembrance Day protests over the government’s failure to resolve the Hadassah Medical Organization’s financial straits. HMO workers at Jerusalem’s two university-linked medical centers are preparing a plan, including working according to an emergency schedule and “going to the streets,” said Avi Nissenkorn, the Histadrut’s deputy secretary-general. “The Treasury and Health Ministry must find an immediate solution. This is the time to end the crisis and save Hadassah,” he said.
The union official, after meeting with representatives of the nurses’ and administrative workers, said they would hold off sanctions until Tuesday if no progress is made with the government. “We will not allow HMO to be dismantled,” he said. If necessary, thousands of HMO workers will demonstrate around the country, he added.
Under law, sanctions and strikes will be permitted after 10 days – two weeks after the Histadrut declared a work dispute over HMO.