The Union of Local Authorities announced it would launch a general strike on Monday over the government's plan to grant extensive discounts on city taxes to numerous sectors.
Following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday night, ULA chairman Shlomo Buhbut declared: "The strike is on."
"Unfortunately, no agreement was reached because we demanded it in writing. I know the prime minister tried (to offer solutions), but we came out of the meeting with nothing," he said.
The strike would include garbage collectors and parking inspectors, and would affect schools as well. In addition, social welfare services will not be provided.
The ULA is fuming over Interior Minister Eli Yishai's decision to grant city tax discounts to large families, students, reserve soldiers and yeshivas – a move that would directly affect the authorities' budgets.
"We do not want to strike, but we have no other choice," Buhbut said. "I hope the government will realize we've had enough."
ULA leaders said that despite the announcement a strike can still be avoided if Netanyahu accepts their demands.
During the meeting Netanyahu told the ULA representatives, "Now is not the time to shake up the market with a general strike." He said that while he opposed "this irresponsible legislation," a strike "over issues that can be resolved in a short period of time would hurt citizens."
"We are in the same boat, and you should not pay the price for populist legislation," the PM told the ULA heads.
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