Many El Al flight attendants will not be able to exercise their right to vote,
according to a complaint the Movement for Quality Government submitted to the
Central Elections Committee on Thursday.
Some flight attendants will
leave the country before the polls open on January 22 and return the next
The Movement for Quality Government wrote that some of the flight
attendants asked not to work that day, but were rebuffed.
“It seems that
because of work shifts, these flight attendants will not be able to realize
their democratic right to vote in the Knesset,” the complaint
Article 10 of Basic Law: The Knesset says that Election Day should
be a vacation day, except for public services such as
However, workers providing those services must be allowed
the possibility of voting.
“As such, even if El Al and other airlines
work as usual on Election Day, they must allow their workers to exercise their
right,” the Movement for Quality Government wrote. “Giving Israeli flight
attendants who want to vote shifts on Election Day that will not allow them to
do so is against the law.”
The Central Elections Committee did not
respond to the complaint on Thursday.