haifa port 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
An unscheduled strike called at Israel’s three seaports Thursday morning ended
just one hour after it began, following the intervention of Histadrut labor
federation chairman Ofer Eini.
The strike at the Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat
ports was called over a delay in the signing of a January wage agreement and
because of a dispute with the Finance Ministry over port retirees’ pensions, a
Histadrut spokesperson said.
An agreement had been reached for the port
workers to receive an advance on their wages, and talks would continue over the
pensions dispute, the Histadrut said in a press statement after the strike
Port workers were to receive a pay rise of 3 percent for each of
the next two years under the agreement reached between the Finance Ministry and
the Histadrut in January.
The Histadrut disputes the linkage of port
retirees’ pensions to the consumer price index beginning in 2011, demanding that
the Finance Ministry instead link the pensions to the CPI retroactively from
2008, as has been the case for all civil-service pensions.
representatives only raised their demands over the pensions for the first time
at a meeting on Wednesday night, the Finance Ministry said in a statement issued
during the brief strike. Calling the strike “irresponsible and unjustified,” the
ministry said the representatives had denied a request to allow it a few days to
examine the matter.