TEL AVIV (Sep. 27)
Israel’s two-week-old nurses’ strike ended on Rosh Hashanah eve with a clear-cut victory for the nurses who were promised additional compensation. The government claimed, however, that wage limits have not been violated. Nurses were back on duty at hospitals and clinics Friday night. But physicians are persisting in their work slowdown with the result that health services have not entirely returned to normal.
Under a three-year agreement reached with the government, hospital nurses will receive an additional IL 9000 in the first year, IL 9600 the second and IL 11,400 in the third year. Non-hospital nurses will also receive extra pay for any additional duties they are required to perform. The payments are not linked to the cost of living allowance.