Strike at Ben Gurion Airport 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A hearing at the National Labor Court on the general strike over the status of contract workers ended Wednesday evening. The professional teams from the Finance Ministry and Histadrut labor federation were continuing their negotiations to end the strike.
The two sides were ordered to report by telephone to the National Labor Court president by 1 a.m. Thursday. After receiving the report on the state of talks between the two sides, the court was expected to rule whether to allow the strike to continue and if so, under which conditions, a Finance Ministry spokesman said.
An open-ended general strike began Wednesday at 6 a.m after all-night
negotiations between the Histadrut Labor Federation and the Treasury
over the employment status of contract workers failed to produce a
breakthrough. Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini said that the strike could
end with the intervention of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Finance Ministry raised hope early Wednesday morning that a strike
could be averted by offering an additional NIS 200 million for a budget
aimed at improving the conditions of contract workers. Although Eini
said that the offer represented progress, he did not say if he had
accepted it.Click here for a full list of the services that will be suspended as part of the general strike.
on Wednesday called on Netanyahu to endorse a deal reached between the
Histadrut and the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz's determined opposition to adding his
name to the agreement with Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations
chairman Shraga Brosh, Eini said, Netanyahu should give an "in
principal" endorsement to the agreement .
"If the PM agrees, the strike will end," Eini said.
Brosh agreement includes a partial transfer of cleaning workers to
direct employment, transfer of contract workers whose jobs mirror
directly employed workers into direct employment and giving full
worker's rights to those who remain as contract workers.
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