Histadrut launches general strike

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Histadrut general strike began on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m in an effort to receive unpaid salaries.

The Histadrut, the General Federation of Laborers in the Land of Israel, hoped that last minute negotiations regarding the nonpayment of salaries for local workers succeed to help to avert the strike.

Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini said he made endless efforts to come up with a solution, adding that the organization is willing to give loans to workers in the more problematic institutions, but this was to be conditional on employees in all other municipalities getting paid.

“One must understand that this matter cannot continue. It is unthinkable that we have to threaten to launch a strike every month,” Eini told Israel Radio. “A person who works must naturally receive his salary; this is what democracy is about. This time I decided to put an end to this.”

Nearly 400,000 workers are to take part in the strike. Some of these offices include Ben Gurion Airport, Israeli Postal Services, Kindergartens, the Bank of Israel, National Insurance, Religious councils, all government offices except the Defense Ministry, border control and rescue services.

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