Nurses, Treasury end talks with no progress, strike looms

A meeting between the Nurses' Union and the Finance Ministry ended without making progress Thursday evening, setting the stage for a "warning strike."
The nurses announced that on Sunday, they will stage a warning strike, in which all nurses in public institutions will operate on a Shabbat schedule. Talks between the two sides were, however, expected to continue through the weekend.
The Finance Ministry said in response that nurses are obligated by a collective labor agreement until 2013 and therefore, they have no reason to strike.
The nurses are protesting overcrowding in hospitals and a shortage of nurses.
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