Egged officials report that barring any last-minute agreement, the threatened nationwide bus strike will begin on Tuesday morning 23 Adar 5777 at 5:00AM.
Egged continues to call on the government to change its position, which it has maintained during recent months.
The agreement by which Egged received government subsidies ended in 2016 and the government is unwilling to resume funding Egged as it has in the past. Egged maintains it can afford to continue operating with the subsidy and it cannot remain competitive against other companies operating today.
Egged last month held a warning strike in the hope of persuading treasury officials it means business but Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is uninterested in returning to the old agreement.
Histadrut National Labor Federation head Avi Nissankoren announced he have given his approval for the strike and unless the government steps forwards and signs a deal, all Egged bus service nationwide will halt early Tuesday morning.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)