Malcha train station empty 390 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Tel Aviv District Labor Court is set to convene at 4 p.m. Tuesday to
hear Israel Railways' request for a contempt of court injunction
against representatives of the railway employees board, after they
ignored an injunction to end the strike Tuesday morning.
came after the court ordered striking railway workers to return to work
by 9 a.m. While the railway employees board stated that they would
respect the order, train services did not begin operating normally on
Tuesday after the 9 a.m. deadline passed.
The contempt hearing
was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday but was delayed after
national rail employees board chairman Gila Edray, southern rail
employees board chairman Moshe Uliel and his counterpart from the north
Shai Tal turned up to the Tel Aviv Labor Court at 1.30 p.m. Tuesday, two
and a half hours after Judge Efrat Laxer ordered them to appear.
hours, it was unclear whether Edray, Uliel and Tal would turn up to the
court at all and Judge Laxer threatened to order police to arrest them
if they did not present themselves before the court by 1 p.m.
the court continued the 11 a.m. hearing in their absence, with rail
employees board attorney Dr Moran Svorai saying that he "didn't really
know where his three colleagues were."
Israel Railways attorney Rubin told the court that the "disgrace continues in full force".
said that he has copies of a CCTV surveillance tape taken at 9 a.m.
Tuesday showing that someone had parked cars blocking the entrance to
the train station at Lod.
At 12.15 p.m., after Edray, Uliel and
Tal had still failed to arrive, Svorai said the three were "on their way
to court" and that they had been in Haifa, so it was unlikely they
would make it to Tel Aviv by 1 p.m.
At 1.05 p.m., when it became
clear the three had missed the court-imposed deadline, Svorai told the
judge that his colleagues were "now at the intersection of Routes 5 and
6." Meanwhile, attorney Rubin said that "dreadful things" were still
happening in Lod train station.
"I'm just updating the court
about the continuing disgrace," he said, adding that the court should
now order the police to arrest the missing three railways employees
Finally, as she arrived at court at
1.30 p.m. Edray said that the employees board "respected the law" and
asked passengers to "be patient", Army Radio reported.