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      State Prosecutors' Strike Comes to an End

      Representatives of the Finance Ministry and striking state prosecutors sign a compromise deal after a 43-day strike.
      By Elad Benari and Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 12/29/2010, 10:49 PM / Last Update: 12/30/2010, 4:18 AM


      The state attorneys' strike in Israel, which has been ongoing for 43 days, officially ended early Thursday morning.

      Representatives of the striking state attorneys and bureaucrats from the Finance Ministry convened Wednesday evening to discuss a compromise deal proposed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch. The proposal called for the attorneys to get an immediate 12% pay raise, and for the sides to enter arbitration with the former Labor Court President, American oleh Judge (ret.) Steve Adler over the attorneys' demands, which was a pay raise that is nearly double the 12% that they will initially receive.

      The arbitration process will last 30 days.

      The compromise deal was signed after negotiations between the two sides continued well into the night. The signing of the deal means that the attorneys will return to work on Thursday morning and start catching up on the backlog that has left many Israelis high and dry in the midst of lawsuts and paralyzed the country's legal system..