Ben Gurion workers strike ends after 3 hours

IAA employees delay flights after meeting on salaries ends without result; Eini, Mofaz intervene.

Ben Gurion 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Ben Gurion 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israeli Airport Authority (IAA) Workers' Union ended three hours of sanctions at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday night, which were instituted 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 had 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 experienced delays collecting baggage.