National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer pledged Tuesday that "if the public is harmed by [Israel Electric Company workers'] struggle, there will be an earthquake in the electric company."
"I am not prepared to infringe on the legal right of the workers to protest and fight for their rights. I will also fight for their rights as long as no red line is crossed. For me, the red line is damage to Israel's consumer public, from whose money, in fact, the IEC exists," Ben-Eliezer said. On Sunday, the Haifa District Court struck down a petition to force the workers to end internal sanctions against the company, which began Thursday morning following government adoption of a reform to begin disassembling IEC in March 2007.