Jerusalem light rail workers ordered to return to work shortly after striking

August 2, 2015 17:41


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Shortly after Jerusalem light rail conductors went on strike Sunday morning to protest work conditions, briefly disrupting service throughout the capital, the Jerusalem Labor Court filed an injunction forcing the employees to immediately return to work.  

The conductors staged the strike in opposition to CityPass’ mandate to expedite service, lowering wait times to six minutes from eight to 11 minutes. During the short-lived strike, the Transportation Ministry increased bus service on most routes in the city.

According to Danny Bonfil, head of Jerusalem’s Histadrut labor union, the decision to increase light rail service was made without consulting CityPass employees, who deemed the change untenable.

“The light rail operators are refusing to work under these conditions,” Bonfil said, adding that service would resume as soon as the former schedule is implemented.

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