Histadrut threatens to continue Open Skies strike

By TOVAH LAZEROFF
April 21, 2013 18:00

The Histadrut Labor Federation threatened to ground all flights in and out of Israel starting on Tuesday at 6 a.m. after the cabinet approved an Open Skies Agreement with the European Union on Sunday.

The Histadrut and Israeli airlines El Al, Arkia and Israir embarked on the strike Sunday morning in an attempt to head off the proposal, which promised to lower prices, broaden the base of flight destinations and boost tourism by liberalizing routes between Israel and the EU over five years, would result in layoffs.

Despite the strike and protests by some 500 airline workers gathered outside the cabinet meeting in protest, The government passed the agreement by an overwhelming majority, leading the Histadrut to announce that the strike would continue and that airport authority would join the strike in solidarity on Tuesday at 6 a.m.


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