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Israeli general strike averted as government pledges improved worker safety

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Staff Writer | November 7, 2018
Israel's main public sector union called off a general strike planned for Wednesday after the government pledged to improve safety around construction sites that have seen a spate of worker deaths from falls.
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The new measures agreed in negotiations on Tuesday included adopting European certification standards for scaffolding, instituting the use of safety netting and increasing the number of safety inspectors, both sides said.

"This is an historic development that will spare many lethal work accidents and prevent the injury or death of dozens of workers a year," Avi Nissenkorn, chief of the Histadrut labour federation, said in a statement.

The Histadrut says about 40 workers have died on building sites so far in 2018 and 200 others have been seriously injured.