Light Rail workers, Citypass, end dispute

The agreement – which raises the salaries of most tram operators by 21.5 percent, to NIS 44 an hour through 2019 – comes one week after Light Rail workers threatened a second strike in two months.

By
November 20, 2015 06:01
1 minute read.
Jerusalem light rail

Jerusalem light rail. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Following months of heated negotiations over salaries and working conditions, a collective agreement was signed Thursday between CityPass and the Histadrut labor federation representing Jerusalem’s light rail workers.

The agreement – which will raise the salaries of most tram operators by 21.5 percent, to NIS 44 an hour through 2019 – comes one week after Light Rail workers threatened a second strike in two months.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


A planned November 10 strike was averted when a Jerusalem District Labor Court judge issued a seven-day order of stay against 70 employees who vowed not to show up for work unless their demands were met. The order demanded that both sides immediately resume negotiations.

Stating that discrepancies between the parties were small and that transportation disruptions caused by the terrorism wave already have taken a toll on citizens, the judge urged a “last push” of negotiations.

This month’s planned strike came less than six weeks after a short-lived de facto strike was waged by light rail employees who called in sick. Jerusalem Histadrut head Danny Bonfil said the strikes were called after six months of failed negotiations.

In a joint statement on Thursday, CityPass and Histadrut praised the agreement as “groundbreaking.”

“The agreement brings good news to tram employees, giving them the best salaries in the field of public transportation in the country,” said Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn.



“I am proud of the result and congratulate all parties, led by Jerusalem Histadrut chairman Bonfil.”

Bonfil praised the deal and those who made it possible.

“I want to thank Histadrut chairman Avi Nissenkorn, who helped us reach an agreement, and Jerusalem District legal advisor Orna Cohen, who worked tirelessly,” he said.

Despite past misgivings, Bonfil cited the light rail as a model of coexistence. “It is important to note in light [of the recent terrorism] that the Light Rail is an exemplary workplace where both Jews and Arabs are engaged side by side in peace and on good terms, and receive equal treatment and conditions without any reservations.”

Noting the intensity of the protracted negotiations, Light Rail CEO Eran Shechtman lauded the final agreement as equitable.

“The agreement maintains the highest wages for Light Rail workers, allows us to continue to employ the best employees, and enables us to provide efficient, safe and high-quality advanced mass transit,” said Shechtman.

Related Content

August 21, 2018
‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Longing’ get European Film Award nods

By AMY SPIRO