Court orders end to airport strike

Says IAA had right to fire 120 workers; some 500 employees forced back to work.

By AVI KRAWITZ
November 2, 2006 08:38
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The National Labor Court in Jerusalem decided on Saturday night that the Israel Airports Authority had the right to fire 120 temporary workers and ruled that a demand from the IAA management must take effect, forcing some 500 workers at the airport back to work even though 120 of them were told last week their employment would be discontinued. Some 500 temporary workers at Ben-Gurion Airport ended their two-day strike Friday afternoon, pending the hearing to discuss their status. The workers, mainly baggage handlers and cleaning staff, were seeking permanent employment from the IAA, which said the cutbacks were part of a seasonal restructuring after every high tourist season. The strike caused on average five-hour delays to flights out of Tel Aviv. Some passengers departed without their baggage, and some arriving travelers had to return to the airport later to claim their luggage.

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