Around 2,000 public laboratory technicians started an open-ended strike this Sunday to denounce the administration’s low wages, which prevent new employees from being hired despite the high workload due to the coronavirus.
Coronavirus tests will continue to be performed, but only positive tests will be reported to prevent new infections. However, the president of the Israeli Association of Biochemists, Microbiologists and Laboratory Technicians, Esther Admon, has also warned that if there is no progress this Sunday, they will also stop reporting the positive results, reports The Times of Israel .
“If they don’t make an attractive offer before the end of the day, there won’t be any positive outcomes for the coronavirus,” he said, speaking to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.
The General Director of the Ministry of Health, Chezy Levy, has criticized the government for its attitude towards the unions. “I respect the lab technicians, but you can’t go on strike in the middle of a war. I hope it ends today,” he told Army Radio.