Treasury: Airport strike ‘completely irresponsible'

Ben-Gurion airport employees implement work disruptions over stalled talks with Finance Ministry.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 12, 2012 00:36
Strike shuts down Ben Gurion Airport (file)

Strike at Ben Gurion Airport 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Airport launched a series of unannounced on-again-off-again strikes Tuesday, days before one of the heaviest travel seasons kicks into high gear.

Employees implemented the work disruptions over stalled talks with the Finance Ministry.

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The Israel Airports Authority and the workers’ committee renewed negotiations with the ministry in a last-minute effort to resolve the issues at hand, specifically work conditions, pensions of veteran workers and a manpower shortage, Army Radio reported.

Less than two weeks ago, workers at Israel’s main airport disrupted air traffic over the manpower shortage, which also followed the dismissal of some 100 temporary workers.

The Finance Ministry released a strongly-worded statement condemning the timing and tactics of the employees on Tuesday, accusing workers of harming regular Israeli citizens. Striking at the airport without going through the proper procedures, the statement said, “is completely irresponsible,” calling it illegitimate pressure.

Last month saw an all-time record number of passengers pass through Ben-Gurion Airport, the Israeli Airports Authority reported Tuesday.

More than 1,600,000 people passed through the airport in August.

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