Light Rail drivers who quit may be reinstated

Chairman of Histadrut labor federation’s Association of Transport Workers to meet with Connex Israel director to discuss giving 7 workers their jobs back.

November 21, 2011 04:22
Jerusalem light rail

Jerusalem light rail 311. (photo credit: iTravelJerusalem)

Seven Jerusalem Light Rail drivers who resigned last week over a pay dispute may get their jobs back, the workers committee said on Sunday.

Avi Edri, the chairman of the Histadrut labor federation’s Association of Transport Workers, is to meet with the director of rail operator Connex Israel on Tuesday to discuss their possible return to work, the committee said.

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The seven workers, including the four members of the committee, submitted their resignations along with another 21 light-rail drivers, in protest at the stalled negotiations with Connex.

Connex management accepted only the resignations of the workers committee members, a move committee chairman Yossi Hazan labeled “a ploy to circumvent the drivers’ attempts to gain improved pay and a collective agreement for all light rail drivers.”

The 21 other drivers who resigned last week returned to work on Thursday.

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