Eini meets Railways CEO in last-ditch bid to avert strike

Head of the Histadrut Ofer Eini met late Monday with CEO of Israel Railways Boaz Zafrir in a last-ditch effort to avert a strike of transportation employees nationwide.
Railways workers threatened Monday to launch a strike starting Tuesday, after failing to reach an agreement with management in late-night negotiations the day before. Eini later declared a labor dispute and threatened to widen the strike to include workers in other transportation-related fields.
Eini has said Railways management must reverse all of its recent firings and suspensions as a precondition to the labor union returning to the negotiating table. Otherwise, he said, rail workers would move forward with Tuesday's strike, and non-rail workers would be eligible to strike within two weeks. A wider strike would include employees of Ben- Gurion Airport and other air and sea ports, the Jerusalem light rail, bus carriers Dan and Egged and the Zim cargo shipping carrier.
Israel Railways has been embroiled in an ongoing labor dispute that has led to train delays as well as a number of strikes. This weekend rail employees announced they would stop checking passengers' tickets indefinitely to protest a previous decision by the company's management to outsource maintenance services to a foreign contractor.
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