Archive for February 11th, 2012

Israelis continue general strike over salaries

Fri Feb 10, 2012

The general strike in Israel has entered its third day after negotiations between labor representatives and Israeli authorities failed.

A spokesman for the Histadrut labor federation said on Friday that the two sides have not yet reached an agreement.

Representatives of the labor federation and the finance ministry failed late Thursday to resolve the dispute over the rights of contract workers, who have lower salaries than their full-time colleagues, few benefits and can be fired without notice.

The sides will meet later in the day in the office of Histadrut chief Ofer Eini for another round of talks.

The Ben Gurion international airport and Israel’s harbors will remain open, while employees of office buildings and banks continue the open-ended strike.

The strike, called by the trade union Histadrut, has paralyzed Israel’s public sector and shut down transportation.

Source: PressTV.