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Foreign Ministry workers open labor dispute, putting official visits at risk

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The Histadrut union officially began a labor dispute on Monday against the Foreign Ministry’s management in search of better compensation and benefits for the ministry’s diplomats and employees.

In a letter to Israel’s diplomatic missions around the world, the Foreign Ministry workers’ union wrote that the move “could cause disruptions in the work of the ministry, including everything having to do with visits of official guests to Israel.”

The union also asked diplomats to be prepared to take whatever steps were necessary in the coming months.

“The employment conditions for Foreign Ministry employees in Israel and around the world have been getting systematically and steadily worse for years,” said the union in a statement.

“The employees’ representatives have been asking for these issues to be dealt with for half a year. Unfortunately, our efforts have not succeeded, and therefore Foreign Ministry employees find themselves once again being forced to fight for their rights.”

They called on Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, currently on a two-day visit to the UK and France, to take up their cause.

“Foreign Ministry employees have a critical influence on many aspects of the country’s activities,” continued the statement. “We hope we will not need to take additional steps to disrupt these important activities.”

By law, the Foreign Ministry now has two........

© The Times of Israel

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