Lonely Man of Cake

February 25, 2007

Strike Watch

Filed under: Academia,Education,Israel,Politics — lonelymanofcake @ 5:47 pm

I was almost positive last week–as were most of my fellow students–that there would be a strike of at least one day at the Israeli universities. The strike, which was supposed to have taken place today, was called off a few short hours after Shabbat as marathon negotiations between student leaders and Education Minister Yuli Tamir resumed from Friday afternoon. Crisis averted for the students. Tamir upset the religious MKs who protested that the Friday meeting carrying over into Shabbat. But the ultra-Orthodox community is up in arms over a little shtick pulled by El Al over the weekend.

The high school teacher’s strike will continue tomorrow in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.

And the all-powerful National Workers Union will go on a general strike this week in protestation of unpaid salaries.  When the 700,000 members of the union commence a general strike, it usually entails the paralysis of much of Israel’s infrastructure.

What a country.

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