Histadrut sets public sector strike for next week

The Histadrut Labor Federation on Wednesday approved a public sector on strike over the issue of public sector wages.
Unless the union and Finance Ministry hammer out a deal to avert the strike, as often happens in such situations, the Histadrut will instruct hundreds of thousands of government workers to stay home, shutting down public services including schools and limiting services in areas such as social work and health.
By setting the date a week hence, Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn left the door open for a negotiated agreement with the Treasury. Nissenkorn had declared a labor dispute on the issue on November 25, meaning he could legally declare a strike starting last Wednesday, though he was at that point patching up a separate agreement on insurance reforms, on threat of an even broader strike.
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