Strike threat withdrawn as minimum wage deal struck

The Histadrut Labor Federation dropped its threat of a general strike on Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the Presidents of Business Organization, an umbrella business group, to raise the minimum wage from NIS 4,300 a month to NIS 5,000 a month, or NIS 27 an hour.
The general strike, which was scheduled for Sunday, would have shut down schools, public transportation, the airport and government offices, and cost the economy NIS 300 million in just its first day.
The Histadrut originally pushed for an increase to NIS 5,300, which equates to about NIS 30 an hour. Hadash MK Dov Hanin announced that he would try to advance legislation to raise the minimum wage to that level despite the agreement.
The Histadrut had also demanded that the government set a minimum quota for hiring people with disabilities, a policy the cabinet approved last week, and changes in contract worker conditions.
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