Labor union announces end of strike

Labor union announces end of strike

Five-day strike over workers’ rights comes to close

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

The Histadrut labor federation and Finance Ministry have reached an agreement that will end a five-day general strike, Army Radio reported Sunday morning. A press conference with head of the Histadrut Ofer Eini and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will be held at 9:45.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Histadrut labor federation leader Ofer Eini have conducted meetings for the last several days, over rights for contracted workers.

The final two subjects of debate were settled today, with the Histadrut agreeing to not strike again in the next few years, and the Finance Ministry agreeing to stop the hiring of contracted workers for any time period longer than nine months.

The general strike had paralyzed Israel’s garbage removal service.  Streets across the country are covered in refuse,and buses and trains have taken days off.

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