State petitions high court over port tenders

August 15, 2013 16:44


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The state on Thursday petitioned the High Court of Justice, asking it to overturn a Labor Court decision to withdraw port tenders while it conducts negotiations with the Histadrut Labor Federation.

The Labor Court ruled on July 29th that state-issued tenders to build private ports in Ashdod and Haifa, intended as a reform that would provide competition to the existing ports, should be suspended, but it also ruled that the Histadrut could not strike over the matter until September 1.

Before the deadline, the two sides would reconvene to present the court with the status of their negotiations, and it would decide the next course of action.

The state, however, worries that the court forcing it to pull tenders that have already been released will have negative repercussions for Israel’s reputation, and cause it economic damage in the future.

In its petition, it argued that its sovereignty and authority gives it the right to introduce competition into the market in order to lower the cost of living. The Histadrut maintained that the introduction of new ports, despite leaving current workers agreements, wages, and labor conditions intact, would adversely affect the workers.

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