Lifeguards push off sanctions, for now

Court allows partial strike, but union fears safety precautions won't be ready.

August 10, 2007 15:01
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The lifeguard service sanctions expected to go into effect this weekend were postponed on Friday, even though the National Labor Court decided to allow them. The announcement by the Lifeguards Union followed a court discussion in which the lifeguards were granted permission to stop work between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, provided that the National Union of Local Authorities set up guards at beaches from 6:30 a.m. onward to prevent bathers from entering the water. The Lifeguards Union decided to put off the sanctions for a week nonetheless, out of concern that the National Union of Local Authorities would not have time to prepare for the work stoppage as directed. Meanwhile Friday, a 70-year-old man came close to drowning at the Tzemah beach near the Kinneret. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The Friday morning court discussion was set following a request by the local authorities union for an injunction against the sanctions, which the lifeguards put into effect last weekend and vowed to continue this week. The lifeguards are protesting the low salaries and social benefits of rookie lifeguards, who earn NIS 19.50 per hour - minimum wage. The National Union of Local Authorities has offered them a NIS 1-per-hour raise.

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