Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

Israeli employees of Teva, the earth's biggest any of generic drugs, hold placard during a protest inside the centre of Jerusalem on December 17, 2017, against plans by the pharmaceutical giant to shed employees

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Israeli employees of Teva, the earth’s biggest any of generic drugs, hold placard during a protest inside the centre of Jerusalem on December 17, 2017, against plans by the pharmaceutical giant to shed employees

Israel’s national trade union can be holding a nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce.

Israel-based Teva announced last Thursday of which of which was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide, including 1,700 jobs in Israel. The company can be considered a national treasure as well as can be one of the largest private-sector employers.

The strike, set to end at noon, halted operations at Israel’s main international airport as well as seaports on Sunday morning. Banks as well as government services were closed, as well as hospitals scaled back operations. In Jerusalem, dozens of protesters blocked traffic near the entrance to a Teva plant. Some held placards saying, “”Bring the failed management of Teva to justice.”

Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, joined the protest, telling workers he would certainly do everything possible to keep the plant open.

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