Lapid to Meet Labor Federation Chief to Prevent Clashes Over Israel's New Budget

Finance Ministry needs Histadrut labor federation's consent for plans to cut salaries, cancel pay raises for the public sector and delay benefits promised to doctors, nurses and social workers.

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Finance Minister Yair Lapid plans to meet with Histadrut chief Ofer Eini as soon as next week to reach preliminary understandings on key issues for the 2013-14 budget.