Israeli Histadrut Declares Strike against Tax Reform

Published June 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli labor federation (Histadrut) called Sunday an all-out strike, beginning next Monday, to demonstrate against tax reforms proposed last month by special committee headed by the ministry of finance official, Ben-Bassat, reported the daily Haaretz, quoting Histadrut leader, Amir Peretz. 

He told the daily that the strike would take out all government ministries, public hospitals, municipal offices, local and regional councils, administrative employees at the country's university, government companies, the ports and airports authorities and the trains.  

Bank employees will also join in the strike resulting in the closure of the stock exchange, the daily said.  

"Before us stands the most important fight ever undertaken by the workers, because the Ben-Bassat recommendations infringe on the worker's right to achieve something," he was quoted as saying.  

Haaretz quoted a ministry of finance official as saying "this is the first time that the Histadrut has decided to organize a strike because of a plan that will raise the net income of 90 percent of workers." 

Prime Minister Ehud Barak said during a cabinet meeting Sunday, before the announcement, that the Histadrut should first enter into negotiations before taking such drastic measures.  

Ben-Bassat told the daily "there is no justification for the planned strike." 

This is the first time in the market's history that a strike has been planned against an economic policy which favors the workers, he said, quoted by the daily - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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