Israel files injunctions to end lab workers' strike amid COVID-19

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  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2020

JERUSALEM, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday night that it has filed a protective injunction at a labor court requiring laboratory workers to end the strike launched on Sunday.

The court is due to hear the ministry's request on Thursday.

Israel's lab workers went on strike claiming they have to deal with low wages but high workloads.

The strike includes 2,000 workers in 400 labs across Israel, with staff running only life-saving urgent tests, such as tests for critically ill patients, cancer and heart patients, as well as coronavirus tests.

However, the strikers give only positive results to coronavirus tests, while those who are found negative will not receive the results.

The workers also threatened to stop performing coronavirus tests if their demands were not met.

The Health Ministry said in its statement that despite several discussions with the workers' representatives, including proposals for higher wages and better working conditions, no agreement was reached.

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