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Israel's trade union founded in 1920. one of the most powerful institiutions in Israel.
Opponents of the law charged that it was unfairly passed by presidential fiat in an unstable, "occupied" context.
Talks between Israel Chemicals Ltd. and Histadrut labor federation, attempting to stave off a general strike in the South and a wave of planned layoffs, break down after one day.
Histadrut says a company that makes billions of shekels in profits can afford to keep more workers employed.
According to a Histdrut labor federation spokesperson, Histadrut chairman Avi Nissenkorn intervened in the last moment and through coordination with El Al CEO David Maimon.
By MICHAEL ZEFF
Histadrut chairman Avi Nissenkorn: The Finance Ministry proposed that over sixties pay NIS 40,000 for coverage.
By GLOBES/SHAY NIV
The Histadrut on Monday released a list of 256 local authorities that would be on strike, and said that trash collection and parking inspectors would not operate.
By NIV ELIS
Strike would shutter schools, buses, airport authority and government services.
By setting the date a week hence, Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn left the door open for a negotiated agreement with the Treasury.
Avi Nissenkorn: "The wages in Israel are too low, and that is one of the primary reasons for the terrible statistics we saw in the last poverty report."
Public sector wages have not increased in three years.
Histadrut chief Nissankorn says the agreement is "nothing short of a social revolution."
A general strike would ground flights, stop public transport and shutter government services, among other things.
Sides reportedly agreed that just 40 workers would be laid off instead of 115 in plants in the South.
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