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News Brief

  11/5/2011, Cheshvan 8, 5772

Late Night Negotiations to Avoid Strike


Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini said Saturday night that the probability of a general strike on Monday was high.

Upon entering the meeting with Finance Ministry Budgets Director Gal Hershkovitz, Eini said: "I hope that we will make progress tonight and move toward an agreement, but I am very skeptical."

The strike is scheduled to begin Monday at 6am and will cover airports, seaports, local authorities, government offices and other areas of the public sector. Full details of the strike will be published Sunday, the Histadrut labor federation said.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) told Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” Saturday evening that the government was making a big effort to halt what he called “a completely unnecessary strike.” He said he and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud) were ready to raise the minimum wage forcontract workers and to strengthen protection of their rights, but added that they would not do anything that could harm the economy.