Meuhedet workers strike 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Histadrut)
Staffers of Kupat Holim Meuhedet – the country’s third-largest health fund –
halted traffic for a short time on Tel Aviv’s Ibn Gvirol Street and in Jerusalem
forced their way into the manager’s office in the health fund’s main building on
Haturim Street on Monday.
The actions were taken as part of a one-day
warning strike over what the workers claim is foot-dragging in negotiations over
the last 18 months to reach a new collective agreement.
All the health
fund’s community clinics were closed except for lifesaving departments, but
independent physicians’ clinics remained open.
Hundreds of Meuhedet
staffers held demonstrations at the health fund’s central offices in Jerusalem
and Tel Aviv. A month ago, the Histadrut labor federation declared a work
dispute on behalf of Meuhedet workers over the issue.
charged on Monday that the union was spreading “disinformation” regarding the
negotiations, especially via a statement by union head Sheila Ventura, who
claimed management was ignoring the employees.
Management claimed it was
ready to meet with her, but that she postponed a meeting on May 16 because she
The new acting director-general, Zev Wurmbrand, said he
was “learning” his new position but was ready to meet the employees’
representatives as soon as possible.
Yet Wurmbrand has still not received
any notice from the union that Ventura would meet with him, he said.