IAA workers sanctions at Ben-Gurion end after 3 hours

The employees agreed to go back to work after Histadrut Labor Federation chairman Ofer Eini and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz intervened.

The Israel Airport Authority (IAA) Workers' Union ended three hours of sanctions at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday night, which they implemented after their meetings with management regarding salaries hit a dead end earlier in the day. The employees agreed to go back to work after Histadrut Labor Federation chairman Ofer Eini and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz intervened. Negotiations with airport management were expected to continue on Monday. However, the workers reserved the right to take "organizational steps" if the talks were not productive. On Sunday afternoon, all departing flights were delayed as employees left their stations. According to the management, employees had exaggerated their salary demands and that was the reason the negotiations had ended with no result. By 8 p.m., however, the sanctions were officially over, and flights resumed. Last week, employees held a strike in the airport, manning their positions but refusing to serve passengers. As a result, all outgoing flights were delayed. Passengers on incoming flights had to wait a long time for their suitcases.