Israelli daily Maariv staff goes on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The staff of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv has gone on strike.

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No newspaper was printed on Wednesday and the newspaper’s website NRG has not been updated since Tuesday evening, when the employees walked off the job.

The strike comes following the sale of the newspaper to Shlomo Ben Zvi. The strikers say they took the action after Ben Zvi violated the collective agreement he signed with them.

Ben Zvi announced on Tuesday that a percentage of the current employees would be absorbed into the new ownership’s operation, but at a lower salary to be determined by new negotiations.

“Maariv’s employees want to know how many of them will be hired and what the newspaper’s structure will be,” the workers said in a statement, according to Globes.

Ben Zvi called the strike a breach of the collective agreement.

It is the first strike at the newspaper in 64 years.

The lead story on the NRG website deals with the employee strike. There is no mention of the U.S. presidential election.


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