The Histadrut Labor Federation on Sunday said it turned out 2,500 protesters to demonstrate against lay-offs at Israel Chemicals in front of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.
The protesters, who were bussed in from the south, included workers from the company’s Bromide Compounds plant, where 140 layoffs are in the works, and the Dead Sea Works, where an addition 135 layoffs are expected in the coming months as part of an efficiency plan. The company fired dozens more in the past year.
On Thursday, Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn declared a labor dispute in the south over the matter, which opens the door to a general strike in that region within two week.
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