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The Histadrut labor federation announced on Sunday that it intends to launch
industrial action at Elbit Systems Ltd., claiming that the defense contractor
has taken unilateral measures that worsened the employment terms of hundreds of
employees at its Land and C4I Division.
The Histadrut also accuses the
company of moving employees from its Holon plant to other plants as far away as
The announcement of a labor dispute followed weeks of
negotiations between Histadrut Metal, Electrical, and Electronics Workers Union
chairman Gabi Asraf and Elbit Systems EVP and Land and C4I General Manager
Bezhalel Machlis. The Histadrut said on Sunday that the talks were
The Histadrut claims that Elbit Systems unilaterally
cancelled an agreement that granted employees tenure after five
Asraf said, “Machlis unilaterally decided to violate collective
agreements that he signed, and he retracted previously reached understandings.
We intend to immediately stop this trend. This week, we will decide what
industrial action to take against the company. I am calling on Elbit Systems
president and CEO Joseph Ackerman to personally intervene to solve the crisis,
so we won’t have to take possible industrial action.”
On Tuesday, the
Histadrut will convene all Elbit Systems’ workers committees to update them on
The Histadrut said that protests throughout the company,
and not just at the Land and C4I Division, cannot be ruled out.