Railway employees ask labor court to allow immediate strike

The railway employees board and the Histadrut Labor Federation on Sunday night asked the National Labor Court to allow them to open up in a strike immediately over Israel Railways decision to outsource maintenance service to a foreign company.
Earlier on Sunday, Israel Railways signed an agreement with Canadian company Bombardier Transportation to provide maintenance for 130 train cars.
Last week, train workers began a strike over the issue, but the National Labor Court issued an injunction against the action.
Following the signing of the deal on Sunday, the railway employees board stated that Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz had "declared war not only on railway workers, but against all organized labor." The board called on the National Labor Court to cancel the maintenance agreement with Bombardier.
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