Transportation Minister Israel Katz revealed on Wednesday that after several years of planning, reforms to the nation's ports were finally underway, and that two tenders for a private company to build a new port would be published on July 1 of this year.
"I decided to end the situation in which militant unions take advantage of the power in their hands and get privileges at the expense of the general public," Katz wrote in a note on his Facebook page.
Katz said the tenders were part of a program that would increase competition and expand ports reach to deeper waters, which will facilitate larger ships.
Though stubborn rumors circulated in the previous week that the government was preparing the IDF to take over the ports should the workers strike over proposed reforms, Katz said that the government's contingency plans were more limited.
"The unions will not have veto power," Katz said, though he promised to maintain a dialogue with the workers.