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Archive for April 5, 2017

Newsline: Israeli Foreign Ministry employees strike at embassies around the world

1,200 employees of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 102 embassies around the world strike Wednesday in protest of what they have described as poor salary conditions, which they claim haven’t been changed in the last 60 years. The majority of employees striking are those working at embassies around the world and their strike all but ensures that most embassy services are cancelled Wednesday. Four years ago, foreign ministry employees from around the globe declared a labor dispute against the state and the Ministry of Finance in an attempt to change working conditions and salaries. According to employees, the gaps between their demands and the treasury’s conditions are not large, but negotiations are still at a deadlock. About a month ago, employees threatened a general strike due to claims of erosion in their salaries and due to delays in negotiations with the Ministry of Finance, following the implementation of a new wage model.



Newsline: EU refuses to move embassies to Jerusalem

The European Union states will not move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state. The EU position was reiterated yesterday by the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who said: Our position is the same as the one of Arab League which is of the international community. EU and its member states will not move their embassies to Jerusalem. Mogherini, who was speaking during a joint press conference with Egyptian Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmad Aboul-Gheit, in Luxembourg, added: “We adhere to the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”