A workers' committee representing Israir pilots on Saturday announced an ongoing labor dispute with the company's management in reaction to Israir's management's intention to fire more than 10 percent of the airline's pilots and to lower working conditions for dozens of other pilots at the company, according to a statement released by their spokesperson.
Israir's pilots, represented by the New Histadrut's Transportation Workers Union, have accused the company's management of violating both the terms of their contracts as well a tradition of employer-employee goodwill at Israir.
"The pilots of Israir have always been loyal partners [with the company's management]. We have always known when to bend in favor of assisting the company in reaching its goal and to move it forward," the pilots' committee said in a statement.
They continued, "We are the first to be conscious of the need for a company efficiency plan. There is no need to tell us stories. However, we will not lend our hands to steps that endanger the future existence of the company. We will not agree to pay with our heads for failures we had no part in."