Union Aims to Shut Down Government Offices Over Tender

The civil servants union is threatening to shut down all government offices in response to the treasury's refusal to correct the tender for providing banking services to government employees. Clarification meetings will be held at the offices.

Last Sunday the union signed an agreement with the management of Bank Yahav, according to which government employees would be exempted from fees for day-to-day banking services. But according to the tender, a government employee may enjoy these benefits only if his account is operated through the tender winner.

Services to be suspended due to the strike will include Ministry of Interior activities such as the issue of passports and identity cards or any other official document, written and practical driving tests, and hospital outpatient clinics.

Union chair Ariel Yaakobi said the agreement signed this week between the union and Bank Yahav makes the tender redundant, and even saves the state and employees about NIS 20 million annually because the state will not need to subsidize the services.