Representatives of striking nurses and the Finance Ministry returned to the bargaining table, Sunday afternoon, in an effort to reach agreement to end the two-week-old nurses strike over pay and additional staffing. The nurses are seeking a 700 million shekels in wage hikes while the Treasury has offered a package of 400 million. The Nurses Federation has rejected the government's attempts to give more incentives to younger hospital nurses.
Hospital and Tipat Chalav (mother and infant care) nurses were on strike, with minimal hospital service being provided, and nursing students scheduled a two-hour strike in the afternoon. Clalit Health Fund nurses were working. If no progress is reported by 7:00 p.m., the two sides will return to the National Labor Court for a hearing on the government's petition for an injunction to force the nurses back to work.