The nation's rail system ground to a halt Monday night, after Israel
Railways employees declared an open-ended strike to protest the
outsourcing of maintenance services to a foreign company.
The strike, which began at 11 p.m. Monday, comes in response to the rail
operator's decision to contract out maintenance work for hundreds of
rail cars to Bombardier, the Canadian company that produces the
Railway workers complain that the work should be conducted in-house,
thereby providing them with much-needed supplemental income.