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Foreign Ministry employees to strike at embassies around the world
Israeli Foreign Ministry employees will strike Wednesday in 102 embassies around the world, leading to a cancellation of most embassy services in all 102 missions; strike is over working conditions and salaries.
1,200 employees of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 102 embassies around the world will strike Wednesday in protest of what they have described as poor salary conditions, which they claim haven't been changed in the last 60 years.

 

 

The majority of employees striking are those working at embassies around the world and their strike all but ensures that most embassy services will be cancelled Wednesday.

 

Israeli Embassy in Turkey (Photo: Reuters) (Photo: reuters)
Israeli Embassy in Turkey (Photo: Reuters)
 

 

Four years ago, foreign ministry employees from around the globe declared a labor dispute against the state and the Ministry of Finance in an attempt to change working conditions and salaries.

 

According to employees, the gaps between their demands and the treasury's conditions are not large, but negotiations are still at a deadlock.

 

About a month ago, employees threatened a general strike due to claims of erosion in their salaries and due to delays in negotiations with the Ministry of Finance, following the implementation of a new wage model.

 

According to a foreign ministry employee committee, advance warning was given "to avoid embarrassment during the execution of the strike, which took a radical turn at very short notice. We are dealing with an irrational line that causes escalation in labor relations."

 

(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)

 

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