Haifa port strike averted

April 15, 2010 03:00
1 minute read.


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 analysis 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


A Haifa Labor Court judge managed to avert a continued strike in the Haifa Port on Wednesday night, after the port’s workers spent the day on strike in protest against the port’s board of directors’ decision to approve a draft prospectus for the sale of 15 percent of the company to the public on the stock market.

The workers said the board’s decision violated previous agreements with them.

The workers barricaded themselves inside the port and halted all work on the docks after finding out that the board of directors approved the draft at 4 a.m. on Wednesday after a debate that lasted nearly 17 hours.

The workers union said management had promised that they wouldn’t approve the prospectus, which was drawn up by the Ministry of Finance, without the agreement of the workers. Among the contested issues were employee pensions, the establishment of private docks, which the workers are against, the worker’s shares of ownership of the docks, and future contracts between the port and the workers.

The port management called the strike “wild and unapproved,” and said they were doing all they could to resume operations as normal.

Throughout the day, the two sides tried to reach an agreement through the liaison of the Histadrut labor federation, but talks broke down. In the end the judge ordered the workers back to work and instructed both sides to enter intensive negotiations and reach an agreement on the prospectus.

The two sides will face the courts again in 10 days for a progress report.

Earlier, Manufacturers Association chairman Shraga Brosh said that in case the court ordered the workers to return to work and they refused, the Manufacturers Association would be forced to sue the “ringleaders” personally.

“The exporters and importers cannot suffer financial losses as a result of the port’s faulty operations, which cost the Israeli economy millions of shekels,” Brosh said.

Now is the time to join the news event of the year - The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference!
For more information and to sign up,
click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town


Cookie Settings