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Workers at the Ashdod port remained on strike for a second full day, refusing to get back on the job until the Finance Ministry agrees to honor their demands, which include giving workers control of outsourcing contracts, as well as making the port workers committee responsible for worker discipline.
Responding to a request from Manufacturers Association President Shraga Brosh that he step in to end the dispute, Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson in a letter to Brosh on Tuesday claimed that resolving the Ashdod port strike was not the responsibility of the ministry, but rather that of the Histadrut.
"I know the importance of the work that the port workers do and therefore we are trying to solve this as soon as possible," Hirchson said in his letter. "However, it is also critical that they honor the agreement they signed two years ago in which they promised that they would not strike for at least five years."
Brosh, meanwhile, met Tuesday in Tel Aviv with Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini, Government Companies Authority Director-General Eyal Gabai, and Ashdod port CEO Shuki Sagis in an effort to end the strike, which the Manufacturers Association say is costing approximately NIS 40 million per day. Additionally, the Manufacturers Association estimates that there are $90m. worth of goods stuck at the port as all of the boats that were scheduled to dock in Ashdod are waiting outside the port. None has been diverted to other Israeli ports, said representatives of the Ashdod Port Authority.
This is the second strike in as many months by the Ashdod port workers, who also walked off the job in February in response to poor work conditions.