By KTA News Team

The Foreign Ministry Employee’s Labor Union, has instructed today the missions across the globe to prepare for the imminent return of sanctions.

In a decisive move, the committee’s first step will involve ceasing the issuance of passports to Israeli citizens residing abroad at consulates worldwide. This action follows a heated meeting among Foreign Ministry employees held approximately ten days ago, during which it was unanimously agreed to resort to sanctions and, ultimately, proceed with a full strike.

Workers within the ministry have long been advocating for improved wages and working conditions, alleging violations of previously signed collective agreements. The workers’ union expressed frustration, highlighting the Finance Ministry’s lack of progress in finding a solution.

Significant Disruptions and Consequences:

It is worth noting that the Ministry workers’ organizational measures reached a peak last year, resulting in the shutdown of crucial consulates and Ministry decisions. These disruptions encompassed the suspension of B-1 work visa issuance for foreign nationals in essential sectors such as the foreign expert sectors. The consequences were far-reaching, causing significant inconveniences for various companies and projects.

Impending Sanctions and Passport Issuance Halt:

With the union now instructing consulates worldwide to brace themselves for the return of sanctions, the immediate focus will be on halting the issuance of passports to Israeli citizens residing abroad. This move carries profound implications for individuals seeking to travel or renew their travel documents. It is anticipated that this decision will cause considerable inconvenience and frustration among affected citizens, potentially impeding their ability to freely move and conduct necessary affairs.

Labor Dispute Background:

The labor dispute between the Ministry workers and the government has been ongoing for several years. Central to the workers’ demands are improvements in wages and working conditions, aiming to rectify perceived violations of previously agreed-upon collective agreements. The Ministry employees contend that the Finance Ministry has shown a lack of urgency in addressing their concerns, leading to growing frustration and calls for action.

Amidst the potential disruption to B-1 work visa issuance, Kan-Tor & Acco, an immigration law firm, strongly advises employers to expedite the processing of visas for their employees. This recommendation is particularly crucial for cases where the visa has already been processed and is awaiting issuance at the consulate. Taking proactive measures now can help mitigate any future delays that may arise due to the uncertain circumstances surrounding visa issuance. By promptly initiating the visa processing, employers can enhance the likelihood of timely approvals and ensure the smooth continuation of their business operations.