A general strike will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, barring a last-minute
decision by the High Court of Justice or a breakthrough in negotiations between
the Histadrut labor federation and the Treasury.
The National Labor Court
lifted an injunction on the strike last week, saying there was no choice but to
declare that negotiations between the Histadrut and the Treasury over the
employment status of contract workers were deadlocked.
institutions will be affected: Government Staff at all government ministries
will strike. Staff at all municipalities will strike, but rescue and emergency
services will continue to operate. Special education institutions run by the
Welfare and Social Services Ministry and by municipalities will operate as
State-run, municipality-run and Hadassah Ein Kerem and
Shaare Zedek hospitals will operate according to Shabbat timetables. Clalit, the
largest of the four health services providers, will run hospital services
according to a Shabbat timetable, but its medical clinics will go on strike.
Magen David Adom will continue to respond to emergencies.Education
Classes will be held at universities, but administrative staff at the following
institutes of higher learning will strike: Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew
University, Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, the University of Haifa,
the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Open University, Weizmann
Institute of Science, College of Management, Kibbutzim College of Education and
Seminar Hakibbutzim. Strikes will also take place at the Ort and Namal school
Boarding and agricultural schools will operate according to
It is unclear whether other primary and high schools
will be accepting students. The Teachers Union and the Histadrut recently signed
an agreement and the Histadrut may force schools to shut down.
Emunah and Na’amat daycare facilities will be closed.Transportation
Airports Authority will strike from 6 a.m. until noon, stopping work at
Ben-Gurion Airport, although emergency flights will be allowed to operate.
Haifa, Eilat and Ashdod seaports will strike, although Haifa will release
perishable goods, medicine and all goods used to save lives. Israel Railways
Egged and Dan bus companies will continue to operate as
Staff at the National Coal Supply Corporation and the Water
Authority will strike.
The Israel Electric Company, Oil Refineries and
Mekorot national water company will operate according to Shabbat
The Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Beit
Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, Education Television (Channel 23)
and the Habimah, Cameri and Beit Lessin theaters will all strike.Banks
Staff at the following banks will strike: Leumi, Hapoalim, Benleumi,
Mizrahi-Tefahot, Discount Mortgage, Igud, Mercantile, Discount, Mahesh, Yahav,
Massad, Idud, Arab Israel, Makhish and Otsar Hahayal.Others
also strike at the following institutions: the Israel Postal Company, Tel Aviv
Securities Exchange, Mifal Hapayis national lottery, Jewish Agency, Jewish
National Fund, United Israel Appeal, Amidar and Halamish housing
Staff from the State Attorney’s Office will not appear at
hearings, but will respond to urgent matters.