Israrail train Bombardier 311.
(photo credit: Bombardier)
The Histadrut labor federation announced Thursday that Israel Railway workers will stage strikes throughout the coming week. According to the Histadrut, trains will stop running throughout the country on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The one-day-on one-day-off strike will continue until further notice, the Histadrut said.
The decision to stop rail traffic was taken after month-long
negotiations between Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini and Israel Railways
Director-General Uri Yogev made no progress on the issue of privatizing
maintenance work on new rail cars.
"It seems even at the highest levels, management is not ready to accept
any offer we've made and it is insisting on bringing contract workers,"
Public Transportation Workers Union head Avi Aderi said.
Israel Railways responded, saying the company needs to undergo change
and is putting forward necessary structural changes in order to reach
its goals and provide better service to riders.
It strongly rebuked accusations that the company was attempting to
privatize its work force. "As we've emphasized in the past, we have no
privatization plan, there will not be any harm to current rail workers -
not in their wages or in their places of work."
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