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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.

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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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