The Finance Ministry announced, Thursday evening, that representatives of the Treasury and the Histadrut Labor Federation will meet at noon Friday to continue negotiations aimed at stopping the general strike that started Wednesday. At 3:00 p.m., they are scheduled to report to President Nili Arad of the National Labor Court on their progress to resolve issues regarding the absorbtion of contract laborers into the government workforce.
According to the ministry, the two sides proposed an innovative agreement for contract workers, with an emphasis on maintainence and cleaning staff. The Treasury issued a statement that said, "We need to finalize the details to reach an agreement and make sure that there is quiet in labor relations because of these issues." The statement continued, "We have no intention of compromising the ability of organized labor in general and disadvantaged groups in particular."
The ministry called on the union to stop the strike, explaining "Given the progress, there is no room to continue the strike and harm the public in Israel."