Local authorities on strike

One-day action comes in protest of disagreements over planned budget cuts.

Local authorities across the country are embarking on a one-day strike action on Wednesday in protest of disagreements over planned budget cuts.
The Finance Ministry said on Tuesday that following intensive discussions with representatives of local government led by the Interior Ministry it was decided to raise budget balancing grants for 2010 by NIS 600 million to NIS 2.4 billion. 
It was also agreed that the Treasury and the Interior Ministry wouldseek additional sources over the next couple of weeks in order to tryand meet the demand for a budget of NIS 2.6b. In light of the progressmade, the Treasury regrets that the leadership of local government isacting irresponsibly by announcing unnecessary strikes at the cost ofresidents and municipal employees.