General strike shuts down Israel

This post office, like hundreds of others, have been closed by strike action

A general strike brought Israel's economy to a near halt Wednesday as all but emergency services shut down.

The strike declared Tuesday night closed most government offices and the postal service while workers related to defense and emergency healthcare remained on the job, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Government negotiations with the Histadrut labor federation were to continue Wednesday in hope of ending the strike by day's end, The Post reported.

At issue is a 5-percent wage increase demanded by Histadrut for all public-sector institutions except those who already have received the increase, such as Israel Electric Company.

The contract negotiations affect nearly 700,000 public-sector workers. - UPI

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Jul 25 2007 17:07

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