The Histadrut labor federation on Sunday removed the controversial head of the
Israel Railways workers’ committee, Gila Edrai, from her post.
other members of the embattled workers’ committee were removed as
The move came after a Histadrut disciplinary board ruled that the
committee members held unauthorized strikes and behaved erratically in their
battle to prevent Israel Railways from awarding a tender to a private company to
carry out maintenance work on trains.
The workers’ committee had insisted
that maintenance should be carried out by Israel Railways staff, and saw the
tender as the first step toward privatization. It launched unpopular train
strikes earlier this year that caused havoc on the rail network.
ruling on Sunday, the disciplinary board said that the committee “severely
endangered the interests of workers” by their actions, and cited “inappropriate
conduct toward the courts.”
Referring to repeated clashes with the
National Labor Court and the committee members’ failure to appear in court on
time, the board slammed “the disregard and debasement of Labor Court rulings,”
which, according to the board, made the Histadrut look like an organization that
The railway workers’ committee said it was not surprised by
the ruling, adding that “the Histadrut chose to carry out an invalid and illegal
The committee also accused the disciplinary board of holding
a stage trial, saying that the ruling would be appealed before a court this