Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz warned on Monday that if railway employees continued to strike his ministry would not hesitate to shut down the train system.
In an interview with Army Radio, Katz explained that the strike is an attempt by the railway employees board to take over Israel Railways and prevent the company from operating effectively.
"I don't want to shut down the train system," the minister said. "But if this turns into a series of wild strikes and creates a situation in which the system can't function properly, we won't hesitate to close it and reopen it at a later time."
Histadrut Labor Federation chairman Ofer Eini is not acting responsibly, Katz added. "I am asking him to not let the board affect passengers with its fight. We need to sit and discuss the conditions, that's the Histadrut's duty."
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