Israel union goes on strike, court limits scope

 JERUSALEM | Mon Nov 7, 2011 12:48am EST

Nov 7 (Reuters) – Israel’s main labour union declared a general strike on Monday, shutting down major sectors of the country’s economy, but a labour court intervened issuing an injunction that limited the strike to just four hours, officials said.

The Histadrut Labour Federation, the umbrella organisation for hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, was looking to strike for as long as it took until an agreement was reached with the government over the status of workers employed through employment agencies.

The union had threatened to shut down Israel’s airports, ports, banks and the stock market indefinitely, but the group’s leaders said they would abide by a court decision to limit the strike to Monday morning. It would end at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT), local media reported.

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Categories: Asia, Israel, Middle East

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