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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oh joy! The diplomats' strike is over

We must be the only country in the world that could even have a 'diplomats' strike' and I can't wait to hear how much it cost me to settle it.
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.

The yearlong strike, called to bring Foreign Ministry salaries in line with the Defense Ministry and the Mossad, disrupted diplomatic mail, assistance to Israelis abroad and relations with foreign ministries abroad. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations skipped a session earlier this month dedicated to the Middle East and Israel due to the strike.

Earlier this month, a delegation of 500 that included business leaders and led by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had to be canceled due to a lack of cooperation from Foreign Ministry personnel.
Spoiled brats.

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3 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, Blogger kranky said...

Fire them all. Disband the union and make it illegal to place greed in front of country. Never mind that it is immoral. Never mind that it is monumentally stupid. Make sure that the dimwits who organized this, and the dimwits who allowed it to occur, are fired, and prosecuted.

There needs to be a severe penalty for treason.

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

They should have been given their walking papers. The government could have hired young people to replace them. By giving in, all it has ensured is Israel will be held ransom to more demands from them in the future.

What could go wrong indeed

 
At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rotate them to Zimbabwe. Mongolia. Afghanistan. LIfe's plenty cheap over there.

 

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