General Strike In Israel

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at
Sun Nov 2 16:38:02 MST 2003

11:24 am PST, 2 November 2003

Israeli motorists are waiting in long lines at petrol stations as trade
unions halted fuel supplies ahead of a general strike aimed at paralysing
the whole economy. Israel's cabinet approved the issuing of emergency
back-to-work orders to keep essential services running should last-minute
negotiations with the main trade union fail. The union, Histadrut, called
the strike in protest over pension reform and government plans for layoffs.
A spokesman says the general strike will start later today and there will be
no public transport, airports will be shut, and there will be stoppages in
the supply of electricity and water.


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