TEL AVIV (Jul. 21)
A two-weeklong strike by over 60,000 government employees that has disrupted services in many sectors finally ended Wednesday, after almost two days of continuous intensive negotiations between union and Finance Ministry officials.
The end to the strike came with a carefully worded document that enabled all parties to claim victory — and left many sticky points to be resolved in a calmer atmosphere.
The settlements calls for wage increases of between 19 and 20 percent, spread out over three or four years, with the exact amount and period still to be worked out.
The consensus at dawn Wednesday was that everybody won — except the public, which suffered for two weeks.