Much of Israel shut down by public-employee strike

Israeli civil servants joined municipal workers Thursday in their four-day strike, shutting down much of the country.

The 48-hour strike by 60,000 civil servants shut down government offices and silenced most radio and television broadcasts in a major showdown with the Treasury. The country's 90,000 municipal workers began an indefinite strike Sunday, leaving garbage uncollected on city streets.

The strikes were called by the powerful Histadrut Trade Unions Federation after it failed to reach a new wage agreement with the government for the 150, 000 public-sector employees.

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