Skip to comments.Foreign Ministry goes on strike, all Israel's embassies and consulates abroad to close
Posted on 03/23/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT by Dave346
Services needed for everybody from new immigrants to employers bringing in foreign workers will be brought to a halt.
Foreign Ministrys workers committee declared a full-fledged strike on Sunday, closing the ministry and all the countrys embassies and consulates around the world for the first time.
The strike is the latest development in a nearly two-year-old work dispute that the workers declared for improved salaries and work conditions.
Seven months of mediation efforts exploded on March 4 when the workers rejected a Finance Ministry proposal.
The workers then resumed crippling labor measures that had been put on hold during the mediation period.
A number of high-profile visits to Israel were canceled as a result of the measures, as well as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus planned trip to Mexico, Colombia and Panama next month.
In addition, Pope Franciss planned visit in May is in doubt because of the strike measures.
A statement put out by the workers committee said that the workers declared an indefinite strike in protest of the employment conditions for Israeli diplomats and because of the draconian decision by the Treasury to cut the workers salaries.
Today, for the first time in Israels history, the Foreign Ministry will be closed and no work will be done in any sphere under the ministrys authority, the statement read.
The decision to strike was slammed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who called it a miserable decision that shows the workers committee has become hysterical.
This move has no benefit, and will only cause more damage to the ministrys workers, he said. I am sorry that these irresponsible steps will come at the expense of the countrys citizens, and as contacts are under way with the Treasury and in the middle of mediation.
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It seems to me that under the constant and wide spread threats from the world in general any Israeli government effort would come under the “umbrella” of military effort. And these bozos go on strike? This doesn’t enhance my moral support.
Can our State Department do the same?
The exact tactful way for Israel to extradite herself from her foolish attempt at diplomacy with terrorist islamonazis and their sponsors. Sorry, the foreign ministry’s shut down .
Moose out front shoulda told ya.
They aren’t on strike. They have gone to look for a missing 777 aeroplane.
Expecting something bad to happen, closing the embassies under pretense of a labor strike so as not to warn their target in advance.
I have heard the same idea....that the “strike” thing is a cover-up to bring all their people home...possibly in preparation for a major war.
That was my very first thought.
No, federal employees are bared from striking. The Aircraft controllers union PAVCO did it anyway and Regan fired all of them.
Agreed. Good premptive cover for upcoming military strike. Wonder if there were there any other warnings of a labor strike prior to this article?