Court rules to restrict strike to four hours

After an all-night hearing, the National Labor Court finally issued a temporary order at 6 a.m. Monday morning restricting the general strike planned for Monday to just four hours.
According to the court ruling, the strike is permitted to go ahead from 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. but intensive court-supervised negotiations between the Histadrut and the Finance Ministry will continue.
In ruling to restrict the strike to four hours on Monday, Judge Nili Arad said that the conflict behind the strike was complex and required more time for negotiations.
The judge asked the state, the Finance Ministry and the Federation of Economic Organizations to "hold intensive talks starting today [Monday] in order to find feasible solutions to the conflict."
The parties have been ordered to submit a written report to the court by 12 p.m. on Thursday regarding their progress.
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