There are no reports of advanced negotiations as a nationwide Egged strike is looming. Egged officials announce that baring any last-minute change, their nationwide strike will begin on Tuesday, 23 Adar as planned. This will bring the nation’s largest bus company to a halt.

The strike is set to begin on Tuesday morning and Histadrut National Labor Union Chief Avi Nissankoren is announcing that Israelis should prepare for this eventuality, which appears likely.

The strike threat surrounds the government’s unwillingness to continue subsidizing Egged as it has in the past, making it difficult for Egged to be competitive. As a result of holding back the sums of money, Egged insists it can no longer afford to pay all salaries and if the government does not take the necessary step, the nationwide strike is inevitable.