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Negotiations involving Pri Galil workers, representatives of the Histadrut labor federation and the Pri Galil management reached an impasse Sunday. Workers at Pri Galil are striking and have erected a protest tent in front of the factory to express their discontent over the dismissal of 30 colleagues and plans to fire an additional 25.

The strike at the Pri Gailil plant is now into its fifth day, with the Knesset Finance Committee scheduled to discuss the labor dispute today.

MK Amir Peretz (Labor ) visited the Hatzor Haglilit plant yesterday and told the workers that "the struggle for Pri Galil is a test for the government; it examines whether the government honors its commitment to citizens and their basic right to earn an honorable living."

Pri Galil workers from the north are expected to demonstrate in front of the Knesset when the committee discusses the fate of their factory today. "The cold and rain are difficult, but we can deal with the weather. The real problem is that the government is indifferent. We must support one another," stated Michel Malcha, a member of the factory's workers committee.