Histadrut preparing for general strike next week

The Histadrut labor federation is preparing a general strike for next week after negotiations over contract workers failed, Histadrut chair Ofer Eini told Army Radio Thursday morning.
Eini said that the Finance Ministry thwarted plans to transfer a percentage of contract workers to conditions of full government employment, despite goodwill efforts by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
"The prime minister surprised me with his willingness to advance talks," Eini said, expressing hopes that negotiations will be renewed and the strike will be prevented.