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State service workers may close down all public offices and authorities, including the National Insurance Institute, beginning Wednesday, the Histradrut said Sunday, but stressed that "for the moment there is no intention to do so."
A decision will be taken Monday or Tuesday, said Histadrut spokesman Eyal Melma. The threat follows late September's announcement of a labor conflict by the Histadrut, in protest of government decisions and Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson's 2007 budget proposal, which the labor union said would lead to job losses.
"They passed unilateral decisions. That is unacceptable; labor relations must be settled through negotiations," Melma said.