The 11th Floor

A Perpsective Overlooking Jerusalem, Israeli Life, and Talmud Torah

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mommmmmmm! The TV's on strike again!

While there are commercial stations in Israel and any number of satelite and cable providers, Channel One is still one of the mainstays of Israeli TV. But it is a government channel, and so, when a strike is called, the station lets everyone know. And that's all they do until the strike is over. Here in Israel, Unions actually have some power. Yes, that does lead to occasional abuses and bullying by the Histadrut, and can lead to a bad situation for new teachers and other workers who are unable to change their fields because union regulations protect kludges and insiders. Blah, blah, blah. What is amazing is that Unions still work here, and that occasionally, the whole nation can come to focus on a group of people who would otherwise be ignored- and in the united states would be fired or left working for nothing. Its a legacy left from Israel's formative socialist days, and it is a significant difference between life here and anywhere else.

On the other hand, I won't get to watch the Simpsons tonight if the government workers don't get paid. Bastards! Arrrrrgh!

TV Screen reads "Today, Thursday, March 29th, a strike has begun in all government offices for all national services. The strike has been approved by the Histadrut [of] Government Workers.


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