Eini threatens general strike

Delay in salaries will be met with severe measures, Histadrut chairman stresses.

December 18, 2006 21:55
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ofer eini 88 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Histadrut Labor Federation Chairman Ofer Eini threatened on Monday evening to call another general public sector strike like the one that took place at the end of last month. In discussions which took place Monday at the National Labor Court, Eini approached National Labor Court President Judge Steve Adler and said that the delay in paying municipal workers' salaries would not end if severe measures were not taken. "If the negotiations with the state continue at their current pace, the local municipality workers will not have been paid even by the time we both complete our terms," Eini said. For the past two weeks, Judge Adler has been preventing the Histadrut from calling another general strike. The last general strike, called on November 29, ended the following night due to intervention from the National Labor Court. A week and a half ago, the parties appeared in court a day after an unprecedented move by Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson, in which he removed Accountant-General Yaron Zelekha's responsibility for credit to local authorities from Bank Otsar Hashilton Hamekomi. Hirchson made the decision after Zelekha refused an order to provide credit for 20 debt-ridden local authorities.

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