ISRAEL KATZ 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Transportation Minister Israel Katz called for privatizing driving tests on
Monday, after the Histadrut Labor federation announced it would cancel testing
over a labor dispute.
As of Tuesday, students needing a test to get or
convert their licenses will be forced to wait until the union and the
Transportation Department work out their differences.
Katz lambasted the
union’s action, instructing the ministry’s director-general to draw plans for
privatizing the services.
“Enough. The driving instructors’ behavior is
tiresome,” Katz wrote on his Facebook page. “The ministry has done everything to
come toward them.”
A private market with competition would eliminate
bureaucracy and waiting times, he said.
The unions complained that the
ministry has not made efforts to continue negotiations as promised at an
instructors’ protest accompanying last week’s suspension of driving
“The futile attempts at dialogue with the Transportation Ministry
is an expression of their approach, whose main goal is to weaken organized labor
in Israel,” said Ariel Yaakovy, the Histadrut’s chairman of state
“We regret that citizens have become prisoners of the
Transportation Ministry’s foot-dragging and hope their leaders will see this as
a final wake-up call,” he added.