Labor court orders rail workers to return to work

Following a hearing that began early Friday morning, the Tel Aviv Labor Court ordered rail workers to return to work Friday afternoon.
Friday's hearing came at the request of Israel Railways after rail workers continued to disrupt operations on Friday in spite of injunctions issued by the Labor Court late Thursday night preventing them from striking. The Transport Workers' Union had objected to the outsourcing of train maintenance to a private company.
Attorney Iris Vardi, on behalf of the National Council of Israel Railway Workers, said during Friday's hearing that the strike was "not life threatening", was not a full strike and suggested that alternative bus services could be run in place of trains.
However, Judge Efrat Laxer ruled that the strike should not continue and that both parties should return to the negotiating table.
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