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Israeli court halts nationwide strike

Nov. 7, 2011 at 6:49 AM

JERUSALEM, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A nationwide strike caused some disruption in Israel before the National Labor Court ended it Monday 4 hours after it began, officials said.

The brief strike affected public transport, government offices, banks, hospitals, seaports and universities and the Ben Gurion International Airport

The court, after an all-night hearing, issued a temporary order that permitted the strike to last for just 4 hours and demanded that strikers enter negotiations with the Finance Ministry, Israel Radio said.

Judge Nili Arad said the issues concerning the strike, called by the Histadrut Labor Federation, were complex and required more time for negotiations, The Jerusalem Post said.

The Histadrut had called for an indefinite nationwide strike to start Monday after the government refused to change the employment status of contract workers.

There were slowdowns in public transport systems but delays at the airport were minimal, Ynetnews.com said.

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