Some 400,000 Israeli workers launched a general strike over unpaid wages that threatened to shut down the nation’s economy. Needless to say, this isn’t good news for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose popularity is down to 3 percent. Update: The eight-hour strike, which brought much of the country to a standstill, was called off after the labor union and the Finance Ministry came to a compromise.
Israel’s main trade union has called off a general strike that halted most international flights, closed banks and shut down many public services.
The powerful Histadrut union ended the eight-hour strike after signing a deal with the Finance Ministry to end a crisis over unpaid wages.