Train service to resume as union orders end to strike

Follows Haifa Regional Labor Court injunction calling for employees to return to work.

israel train 88 248 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
israel train 88 248
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israel Railways Workers Union on Thursday instructed striking employees to return to work immediately, after the Haifa Regional Labor Court had issued an injunction ordering an end to the strike, which began at midnight Wednesday night. The union's decision came during a second court hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Israel Railways stressed, however, that train service would not fully resume immediately, since restarting service after an interruption would take some time. They estimated that full service would resume by Thursday evening. The employees were striking over, what they called, harsh working conditions. Israel Railways management and the Histadrut Labor Federation had condemned the move, calling it "wild and irresponsible." The Histadrut had said that it would not support the "unruly and illegal" strike and Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini called for the dismissal of the strike's organizers. The management of Israel Railways said that it would "act with all of the legal means at its disposal against the participants of the illegal strike." There were reports of unusually heavy traffic throughout the country Thursday morning, and the Egged bus company announced that it was operating at increased capacity in Netanya, Ashdod and Ashkelon.