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May 9, 2017 12:13 pm

Israeli Government Salary Dispute Threatens to Disrupt Upcoming Trump Visit

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JNS.org – Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel this month, the Jewish state’s Foreign Ministry workers union has threatened to disrupt the trip over a salary dispute with the Finance Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry has declined to complete logistical operations for Trump’s visit, “including position papers, preparatory meetings, supply orders, visas, diplomatic mail packages and other activities have not been done,” reported Yedioth Ahronoth.

The workers union said the Foreign Ministry’s refusal to cooperate with coordinating Trump’s visit was instigated by “the Ministry of Finance’s contempt for an agreement with Foreign Ministry employees.”

The union claims the Finance Ministry neglected to implement a new wage agreement two months ago and has not taken any action to mitigate the crisis.

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Hanan Goder, head of the workers union and Israel’s ambassador to South Sudan, told Army Radio the union “will take all measures” to ensure Trump’s visit is seen as “embarrassing.”

In response to the Finance Ministry’s purported lack of action, the union distributed a directive to Foreign Ministry employees, stating, “We can only turn to the path of aggressive organizational measures that will harm the issues on the political and social agenda.”

The Finance Ministry responded, “In accordance with the agreements reached, the matter is in legal process, so it is not clear why the Foreign Ministry workers union is in a hurry to harm the foreign relations of the State of Israel.”

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