Egged employees embarked on a two-day strike Sunday in protest of work conditions. The strike has stopped all some 200 lines servicing a slew of cities in the South, save for Beersheba, as well as several local lines in and around Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Tel Aviv.
A statement by the union blamed management for foot-dragging in negotiations that have lasted six months, saying the only progress made had been an increase in salary that would come primarily from state sources.
"And what if the state (Transportation Ministry) will refuse? The deal will be canceled. The management expects us to abandon the future of 760 drivers for an uncovered check," the statement said. The union says it twice deferred strikes to give negotiations a chance.