Who will strike and what services will be affected?

The following is a list of who will participate in the general strike; Egged and Dan bus companies to run as usual.

February 6, 2012 16:38
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National Labor Court, general strike

National Labor Court, general strike_311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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A general strike will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, barring a last-minute decision by the High Court of Justice or a breakthrough in negotiations between the Histadrut labor federation and the Treasury.

The National Labor Court lifted an injunction on the strike last week, saying there was no choice but to declare that negotiations between the Histadrut and the Treasury over the employment status of contract workers were deadlocked.

The following institutions will be affected: Government Staff at all government ministries will strike. Staff at all municipalities will strike, but rescue and emergency services will continue to operate. Special education institutions run by the Welfare and Social Services Ministry and by municipalities will operate as usual.

State-run, municipality-run and Hadassah Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek hospitals will operate according to Shabbat timetables. Clalit, the largest of the four health services providers, will run hospital services according to a Shabbat timetable, but its medical clinics will go on strike. Magen David Adom will continue to respond to emergencies.

Classes will be held at universities, but administrative staff at the following institutes of higher learning will strike: Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, the University of Haifa, the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Open University, Weizmann Institute of Science, College of Management, Kibbutzim College of Education and Seminar Hakibbutzim. Strikes will also take place at the Ort and Namal school networks.

Boarding and agricultural schools will operate according to Shabbat timetables.

It is unclear whether other primary and high schools will be accepting students. The Teachers Union and the Histadrut recently signed an agreement and the Histadrut may force schools to shut down.

WIZO, Emunah and Na’amat daycare facilities will be closed.

The Airports Authority will strike from 6 a.m. until noon, stopping work at Ben-Gurion Airport, although emergency flights will be allowed to operate. Haifa, Eilat and Ashdod seaports will strike, although Haifa will release perishable goods, medicine and all goods used to save lives. Israel Railways will strike.

Egged and Dan bus companies will continue to operate as usual.

Staff at the National Coal Supply Corporation and the Water Authority will strike.

The Israel Electric Company, Oil Refineries and Mekorot national water company will operate according to Shabbat timetables.

The Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, Education Television (Channel 23) and the Habimah, Cameri and Beit Lessin theaters will all strike.

Staff at the following banks will strike: Leumi, Hapoalim, Benleumi, Mizrahi-Tefahot, Discount Mortgage, Igud, Mercantile, Discount, Mahesh, Yahav, Massad, Idud, Arab Israel, Makhish and Otsar Hahayal.

Staff will also strike at the following institutions: the Israel Postal Company, Tel Aviv Securities Exchange, Mifal Hapayis national lottery, Jewish Agency, Jewish National Fund, United Israel Appeal, Amidar and Halamish housing companies.

Staff from the State Attorney’s Office will not appear at hearings, but will respond to urgent matters.

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