Rail workers launch nationwide, open-ended strike

By OREN KESSLER
February 13, 2012 20:01



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 vehicles.

Railway workers complain that the work should be conducted in-house, thereby providing them with much-needed supplemental income.



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