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Israeli diplomats end strike

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/israeli_diplomats_end_strike_20110124

A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry employees that caused the cancellation of visits by foreign delegations has ended. An agreement reached Monday means that a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several ministers to attend the annual joint Israel-Germany Cabinet session will go ahead this week as scheduled, according to reports. As part of the three-year agreement, the diplomats will receive a salary increase, a bonus package and a special bonus for diplomats serving abroad, many of whom have said they could not afford to live in their host countries on meager salaries. A demand for outside evaluation for major promotions will be addressed outside of the salary dispute, according to reports.

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