After some 200 Israel Electric Corporation engineers spent the stormy weekend in
the comfort of an Eilat conference, IEC chairman Yiftach Ron Tal announced his
intention to fire the department’s bosses on Tuesday morning.
informed the heads of the engineering committee of our intention to fire them
from their positions in the company,” Ron Tal said.
Ron Tal was
addressing members of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee meeting, in order
to provide a preliminary report of the IEC operations that took place throughout
the weekend’s storm. In addition to highlighting these activities, the IEC
chairman stressed that the actions of the Eilat participants would not be taken
lightly, and their behaviors were not representative of the entire
“Let’s not take a group of lawand- order-breakers and consider
them the norm,” Ron Tal said.
The chairman of the IEC’s workers
committee, Miko Tzarfati, slammed the behavior of these employees in comparison
to that of the 12,900 workers “who already for several days have not slept and
are battling for electricity.”
“I have no doubt that significant
discipline of the management is necessary, and that this will be handled very
seriously,” Tzarfati said.
Overnight on Monday, electricity once again
began to flow to nearly all of the 3,250 households that remained disconnected
from the grid due to the weekend’s storm, the IEC said. A few hundred isolated
customers, mostly in the Jerusalem area, still remained without electricity,
however. The IEC therefore asked that those customers call the company service
center at *103 to report any glitches.
Meanwhile, the company distributed
and connected 70 temporary generators throughout the country in places where the
situation could not be corrected immediately, the IEC said.
“As far as
citizens go today, everyone should be connected to electricity, most of them by
means of the grid,” Ron Tal said.
“The emergency situation at the company
continues. Connection teams are roaming in Jerusalem and in all of the
communities, going from house to house and verifying where the electrical
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