Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissankorn on Tuesday called on the government to invest in upgrade infrastructure at the existing Ashdod and Haifa ports, and threatened a strike if a deal isn't struck.
"I very much hope that they will understand that the correct path is a path of cooperation. I don't want a strike, and for that we must sit day and night to solve the problem," he said referring to Finance and Transportation Ministries. "For two years we've been shouting that we need to develop the old ports and that's not happening, and the clock is ticking."
The port unions have been in an uproar since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced plans to build new, privately-run competing ports adjacent to the existing state-owned ones. The idea behind the reform was to force the bloated state-owned ports into competition instead of confronting the strong unions head-on with issues such as disproportionately high pay.