Israeli municipalities begin open-ended strike

January 16, 2012 11:54 pm 

JERUSALEM, Jan. 16 — Israeli local municipal authorities began an open-ended strike Monday morning in protest over government funding.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Union of Local Authorities (ULA) representatives on Sunday did not succeed in averting Monday's nationwide strike.

The strike was participated in by all municipal services nationwide, including local authority offices, garbage collection, welfare offices, parking and veterinary inspectors, school transportation, and other related services.

"We were not able to reach an agreement, because we demanded written agreements," according to ULA Chairman Shlomo Bohbot, who is also mayor of the northern Galilee town of Ma'alot-Tarshiha.

Among other contentions, Bohbot and the ULA oppose a recent Interior Ministry decision of giving tax breaks to large families, students, reserve soldiers and religious seminaries, according to The Jerusalem Post.

"We do not want to strike, but we have no other choice," Buhbut said. "I hope the government will realize we've had enough," according to the report. (PNA/Xinhua)

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