23 March 2014, 20:20

All Israeli embassies and consulates closed worldwide first time, FM stops its work due to strikes – trade union

All Israeli embassies and consulates closed worldwide first time, FM stops its work due to strikes – trade union

All diplomatic missions of Israel, including embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations, as well as the Foreign Ministry itself in Jerusalem, have stopped their work today due to the increase in strike sanctions, the Foreign Ministry trade union representative Yaakov Livne said.

"The sanctions have today been transformed into an all-out strike for the first time in the history of Israel," Livne explained.

Israeli diplomats have been asking the government and the Ministry of Finance to raise their wages for several years now with zero result.

One of the union leaders Yair Frommer accused the Ministry of Finance of "declaring war on diplomatic employees who are struggling day after day, hour after hour, for the future of Israel."

Commenting on the shutdown of the diplomatic missions, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman pointed out that this decision made by the union "leads to a complete loss of control." He particularly emphasized that during the strike of the FM workers he will personally work to "minimize the damage to the citizens of the country" from the labor conflict it the Foreign Ministry.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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