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  12/27/2010, Tevet 20, 5771

Foreign Ministry Workers Break Up Ambassadors Meeting

The Foreign Ministry's worker committee torpedoed Monday's agenda for Israel's ambassadors as they took more severe steps in their protest against a deadlock in negotiations over wages and working conditions. The agenda included a meeting with President Shimon Peres.

To the embassy personnel that showed up, the workers distributed black shirts that read "I'm a poor diplomat." The workers' committee published figures on Monday that show 10 percent of the Foreign Office's employees live under the poverty line while a quarter received a grant to bring their salary up to minimum wage.