Israeli carriers to strike over open skies deal

The workers' committees at Israel's three carriers El Al, Arkia, and Israir decided Sunday at a crisis meeting to declare a strike beginning Sunday, unless the government freezes its intention to approve the "open skies" agreement at Sunday's cabinet meeting, and open talks with the carriers' representatives on the matter.
The cabinet is set to approve the open skies agreement with the EU at Sunday's meeting. Upon learning of the government's intention, the workers' committees of El Al, Arkia, and Israir met under the aegis of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) to draw up plans for preventative action and protests.