Rail workers announced the start of an immediate strike that saw all trains in Israel grind to a halt late Wednesday night. The strike was open ended - until further notice, the union said.
Israel Railways said that all trains in transit reached their final destinations but no trains had left their stations following the union announcement.
The labor dispute, announced by the rail workers' union, escalated to a work stoppage a month after Transportation Minister Israel Katz said that unless rail workers' conduct is regulated in a clearly regulation fashion, Israel Railways will be dismantled. On Wednesday night, the workers claimed the national rail company was implementing unilateral procedures and declared the labor dispute.