Port workers begin general strike over wages

Strike to take place in Haifa, Ashdod, Eilat ports; no unloading, loading to take place; talks between Treasury, Histadrut fail.

January 3, 2011 06:50
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Haifa port

haifa port 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The Histadrut Labor Federation announced late Sunday that port workers will began a general strike at 6 a.m. Monday morning without an end date in sight.

In the ports of Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat, no unloading or loading of containers or any other function will take place.

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The decision to strike after negotiations between the chairman of the Histadrut trade union Avi Nissenkoren and Treasury salary supervisor Ilan Levin failed.

Negotiations have been ongoing between the two parties for ten months, as the Histadrut has been demanding a raise in wages for workers who were employed after the port reform in 2005.

The Histadrut has requested a five percent salary increase as the organization did not enjoy the extra pay given to the public sector. Another dispute concerns the increase of pay which began in February 2010.

"We have been trying to reach an agreement with the Treasury regarding wages for months," Nissenkoren said. "Although the gaps between the Treasury and the Histadrut are small, the Treasury continues to remain fortified in its position. Today we embark on a relentless struggle until we reach the appropriate wage agreement for port workers," he added.

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