Progress being made in negotiations between Treasury and Histadrut; strike could end within 24 hours.

Significant progress has been made in negotiations between the Histadrut and the Treasury. Earlier this morning (Tuesday) a meeting ended between representatives of the Histadrut and the Ministry of Finance, after Chairman of the Histadrut, Amir Peretz previously met with Minister of Finance, Benyamin Netanyahu. As a result of this round of meetings, the Histadrut is saying that there is a good chance that the strike could end within 24 hours.

A meeting is expected today between the professional teams of the Treasury and the Histadrut. If the teams indeed come to an agreement, another meeting will be held between Netanyahu and Peretz in which they will announce the signing of a collective agreement with the port’s workers, and in turn an end to the strike.

For the past few weeks, the ports have been operating only partially. A week ago, the Labor Court decreed that the ports’ workers have to return to a full work schedule, however, the workers continued to work on a part-time schedule, unloading only 25% of the shipments.

Representatives from the Manufacturer’s Association demonstrated outside the Haifa Port yesterday against the strike and called for the prime minister’s involvement to solve the crisis.

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