Rail strike threatened; Israel Railways suspends official

Following an emergency union meeting Sunday night, rail workers threatened to begin striking on Tuesday if no progress in negotiations is made.
Israel Railways on Sunday suspended the chairman of its employee board for three months with a warning for making threats against company executives. Employee board chairman Gila Edrei left the room midway through Sunday's hearing to protest the decision.
The national rail carrier has been embroiled in an ongoing labor dispute that has led to delays in train arrivals as well as a number of strikes. This weekend train 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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