The journalists union at the Maariv newspaper called a strike Tuedsday evening after they did not receive answers from Shlomo Ben-Zvi, the publisher of the Makor Rishon newspaper, who has bought Maariv.

The strike will affect the daily newspaper and the NRG website.

Employees want to hear from Ben-Zvi, who is scheduled to take control of the paper tomorrow, what his plans for the paper and work force are. The workers want to know how many will be kept on and under what conditions, as well as the new organizational structure at the paper. They are also demanding that previous collective bargaining agreements remain in effect.

The union said it has the support of the Histadrut labor federation in calling the strike and that Ben-Zvi has offered some workers jobs at lower salaries, or only temporary work.