Farmers, gov't reach agreement; strike called off

November 24, 2010 19:35


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The Israeli Farmers Federation (IFF) announced Wednesday that it was calling off its produce strike after reaching an agreement with the government. Starting Thursday morning the farmers will resume sending fresh produce to the markets after they withheld them for three days.

IFF secretary general Avshalom Vilan and members of the Agricultural lobby held a meeting with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Agriculture Minister Shalom Simchon and Interior Minister Eli Yishay on Wednesday morning in which it was decided that the sides would form a joint committee to attempt to find a solution to the farmers’ shortage of foreign workers, within three weeks.

The committee, chaired by Agriculture Ministry director general Yossi Yishai and including representatives of the three ministries along with farmers representatives, will work towards better implementation of the government’s agreement with the farmers signed last May.

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