Trash piles up during Local Authorities strike 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the Union of Local Authorities to
end their strike that saw municipal services and special education
institutions shut down throughout the country Monday. Most of the
mayors' demands, Netanyahu said, can be met within a short period of
strike included all municipal services including parking inspectors,
school buses, garbage collectors, welfare offices, security guards at
educational institutions and inspections on meat and fish.
"I call upon [the mayors] to end the strike. Most want to answer my request," he added.
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prime minister, however, said that Israel will not expand its budget
beyond the country's means, noting that 10 countries recently had their
Standard and Poors rating lowered. "Ours was raised because of our
The union said it is protesting a recent decision to increase the property
tax (arnona) rate against the wishes of municipal authorities, as well
as “populist laws and bills” that direct money away from education,
student safety, transport, the environment, welfare, culture and
Schools and kindergartens remained open, and the Education Ministry said
it would help organize transportation with parents. Special education
institutions were not opened.
Minister of Welfare and Social Services Moshe Kahalon sharply criticized the decision to include in the strike schools
and services provided for thousands of children with disabilities.
I support the freedom for workers to take strike action, children with
disabilities should not be part of this game,” said the minister, who was
speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem showcasing the various programs and
treatments his ministry provides for society’s impoverished and weakest
“It is already hard enough for parents who have children with disabilities and
they should not be brought into this battle,” he said, adding that he planned to
appeal directly to ULA Chairman Shlomo Bohbot.
If the ULA is not
responsive, Kahalon vowed to use the law to fight the decision, which left an
estimated 146,000 children with disabilities stranded at home.