FM workers sign new wage agreement, ending lengthy dispute

A year old-old Foreign Ministry work dispute that led to the cancellation of a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in January and which lead to the appearance to work by Israeli diplomats in T-shirts and jeans formally ended Wednesday with the signing of a new wage agreement.
The agreements, signed by representatives of the Treasury, the Histadrut and the Foreign Ministry's workers' committee, includes a 7-8% wage increase, as well as compensation for lost wages for the spouses of diplomats sent abroad.
The Foreign Ministry workers have been fighting since February 2010 to equalize their conditions with those of Defense Ministry and Mossad employees.
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