Workers' sanctions stop open of new TA-Rishon Lezion train

September 25, 2011 10:01

A ceremony to inaugurate a new train line from Rishon Lezion to Tel Aviv was canceled on Sunday morning after Israel Railways employees continued with work sanctions despite a court order to desist.

Train operation in the remainder of the country continued normally on Sunday.

The train workers released a statement, saying "the train workers' struggle is a struggle for the entire public , against contractors and privatization of national resources such as Israel Railways."

The work dispute caused major transportation delays last week on Thursday, before the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court issued the injunction ordering train workers not to take organizational actions to slow down train traffic. Employees are protesting a plan by Israel Railways management to privatize maintenance of train cars.

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