Some 400 people on Sunday demonstrated in Beersheva as part of a nationwide social workers strike over the government’s failure to meet their demands for increased pay and improved work conditions.
Fifty demonstrators also protested outside of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, carrying signs reading "We demand to work with dignity."
Earlier Sunday, Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen offered the social workers differential increases to their salaries based on their income level. He said if the social workers agree to the proposal, the strike would end "within minutes," and will prevent damage from being done to those who need welfare assistance.
A number of social workers said in response that they hope the union declined the offer, saying that such a compromise does not meet their demands. They said "We don't want to have a situation where their will be a division between rich social workers and poor ones. We started the struggle as a united front."