Court orders labor union to end strike

Thursday, November 30, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The National Labor Court ordered public workers back to their jobs on Thursday following a one-day strike across the country, which caused heavy damage to the economy in just 24 hours.

The Labor Court's decision overturned the Histadrut labor federation's announcement from Wednesday evening that it would continue with the strike on Thursday as well. National Labor Court President Steve Adler ruled that a strike is forbidden in the next seven days and that all employees whose wages were held back will be paid Friday.

The strike caused thousands of passengers to be stranded at the airport, closed post offices and prompted a rush at the banks.

Chairman of the Histadrut labor federation Ofer Eini demanded that the government immediately transfer the full salaries to all local authority workers whose wages were held back in the past few months, that all the employers' contributions to pension funds are allocated and that council heads who hold back wages will be held personally and criminally responsible, in a bid to guarantee that such cases do not repeat themselves.

"For months we have been holding negotiations which did not yield any results,” Eini said. “The strike must continue, because when there is no strike nothing happens.”

According to the Manufacturers Association of Israel, the damage caused to the economy due from one day of striking totaled 350 million shekels (about $82 million).

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