Israeli public sector strike threatens to shut down economy

Tens of thousands of Israeli public employees launched a wide-ranging general strike early Wednesday morning.

Israeli public sector strike threatens to shut down economy
Tens of thousands of Israeli public employees launched a wide-ranging general strike early Wednesday morning, threatening to bring the economy to a halt, after negotiations on a 10 per cent play rise collapsed.

Israel media reported the strike went ahead after the National Labour Court rejected petitions filed by the Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Employers Association, and the Hotels Association, following deliberations which lasted all night.

During the strike, Israel's ports will shut down, delaying exports and imports, while government offices will be closed to the public and the railways will not operate.

Hospital services will also be disrupted and the electric company and firefighting services will work on an emergency footing only.

But despite initial fears of many Israelis that their summer vacations abroad would have to be cancelled, Ben Gurion International Airport will operate as usual on Wednesday and only join the work stoppage after 24 hours.

The strike is estimated to cost the Israeli economy 800 million shekels (190 million dollars) damage a day.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2007, 14:53
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