Jerusalem light rail with Egged bus 311.
(photo credit: Abir Sultan)
Fifty-eight train drivers for Jerusalem's light rail system unexpectedly went on strike over wage and working conditions Sunday morning.
Citing anger that responsibility for operations is set to transfer to Egged in several months, the drivers are striking against transportation company Connex during the busy Hol Hamo'ed days of Succot.
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Connex called the strike an unjustified act of bullying, coming unexpectedly after months of negotiations with the Histadrut labor federation.
Egged-operated bus lines in Jerusalem are expected to continue
operating, while the rail lines will not run through the end of the
In late September, Israel Railways employees striking
over plans to privatize train car maintenance delayed the inauguration
of a new train line from Rishon Lezion to Tel Aviv, despite a court
order to desist.