Trash piles up during Local Authorities strike 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Municipal workers will get back to work Tuesday after the Union of Local Authorities reached a deal with the Prime Minister's Office effectively ending a two-day nationwide strike. On Monday, Yishai's representatives met with the Union of Local
Authorities and said progress had been made to end the strike. Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, however, rejected the understandings
reached, saying they would cost billions of shekels and calling the
Local Authorities' demands "unrealistic."
Union representatives met with PMO Director-General Harel Loker Tuesday, reaching agreements on linchpin issues that caused the strike.
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The agreements included lowering value-added tax on water for the low-income population and the freezing of planned alterations to the property tax that would have affected the Local Authorities' budget, according to Army Radio.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai welcomed the agreement, and thanked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for responding to the requirements of the nation's mayors and local councils, according to the report.
Representatives of the Union of Local Authorities met also with
Interior Minister Eli Yishai Tuesday in order to outline their demands
to reach a deal for ending the strike the union began Monday.
Union representative Itzhik Roseberg expressed optimism prior to the meetings Tuesday that an end to the strike was imminent.
According to Roseberg, the outstanding issue was with the cancellation of
16-percent value added tax on water. Most other issues had been agreed upon, he said.
Yishai said that the understandings he
reached with representatives of the Union of Local Authorities will not
cost billions of shekels, as Netanyahu said Monday. The interior
minister said that the demands of the local authorities are justified
but that time is is needed to solve the problems.