Daily Israel Report

FM Workers ‘Wish PM Would Get Involved’ in Dispute

Foreign Ministry workers say they wish the prime minister would get involved in the current dispute that has affected embassies worldwide.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/26/2013, 2:04 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Foreign Ministry workers say they wish the prime minister would get involved in the current labor dispute that has crippled the ministry and closed embassies and consulates around the world during the height of the vacation season for Israelis.

Israelis and others abroad have been unable to access basic services as a result of the strike, with the exception of emergency situations.

“It is very frustrating,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday afternoon. “What we hear is that the prime minister is not going to intervene. But we want him to. We want him to instruct the Ministry of Finance to start the real negotiations with us.

“They really don’t want to talk,” he said.

Foreign Ministry employees began a work action on Sunday as part of a demand for higher wages and better working conditions after a four-month-old job dispute.

The Diplomats’ Union ordered its members not to issue visas and work permits, nor to make arrangements for trips abroad by ministers and other government officials.

“The Finance Ministry has been to court twice, and each time they have been told to go back to the table and talk to us,” Palmor said. “We want them to talk to us, to really start working on all our claims, one by one. Get some work done.

“Why are diplomats being taxed more than anyone else in this country, for example?”