(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Tel Aviv District Labor Court was set to commence hearings for striking train
workers at 4:00 p.m. after rail employees failed to appear before the
court until presiding judge Efrat Lekser threatened to order police to
bring them in.
Train service had not yet resumed Tuesday
afternoon, despite orders from the court that striking railway workers
return to work at 9:00 a.m.
Representatives of the striking train
employees were scheduled to appear at the court in Jerusalem at 11:00
a.m. following an injunction against their strike. Still, they did not
appear for the discussions until after 1:00 p.m., when the court
threatened to take police action in order to force them to participate
in court hearings.
Following their appearance, hearings were
rescheduled for 4:00 p.m. in order to end the strike that was the result
of a labor dispute within Israel Railways.
Earlier Tuesday Israel Railways stated on its Facebook page that the management was
"waiting and hoping that the railway employees board would respect the
The nation's rail system ground to a halt Monday
night, after Israel Railways employees declared an open-ended strike to
protest the outsourcing of maintenance services to a foreign company.
strike, which began at 11 p.m. Monday, comes in response to the rail
operator's decision to contract out maintenance work for hundreds of
rail cars to Bombardier, the Canadian company that produces the
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Railway workers complain that the work should be
conducted in-house, thereby providing them with much-needed supplemental
"The management is leaving maintenance work to those
same companies that are responsible for all of the trains' malfunctions
over the last two years,"
the railway employees board said in a
statement. "It is continuing to refuse to hold negotiations with the
employees board and is perpetuating the miserable economic conditions of
hundreds of rail employees who have to receive welfare payments due to
their low salaries."Globes contributed to this report.
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