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The Nazareth regional labor court on Monday ordered the management of the Pri HaGalil canning factory, which had stopped operations abruptly last week, to re-open its doors and restore its workers at full salaries.
The factory shut down operations after failing to obtain new licenses from the state, putting its 220 workers on minimal pay until its official closure.
“The Histadrut [labor federation] turned to the labor court in order to ensure that nobody will be able to use the workers as hostages and leverage to apply pressure in negotiations,” said Histadrut Labor Federation Chairman Avi Nissankorn, who filed the petition.
The company said the Economy Ministry had not paid out all the grants it was due to receive, which is why they could not pay for the necessary licenses.
The plant’s closure had elicited election-time condemnations from politicians.
Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar blasted Economy Minister Naftali Bennett over the failure to grant licenses to the company, saying he was “primarily occupied with filming clips for YouTube.”
Meretz MK Ilan Gilon condemned the state for shaking off workers “as though they were crumbs on the tablecloth” and called for providing a fair housing solution and safety net for the factory.