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Union to Ground All Ben Gurion Flights for Five Hours Tuesday

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The Histadrut national labor union will shut down Ben Gurion Airport for five hours Tuesday morning in a solidarity move with employees of El Al, Arkia and Israir. They shut down the three airlines starting Sunday morning because of their opposition to the “open-skies” agreement, which will not go into effect until next April.

Tuesday’s strike will start at 5 a.m. and end at 10 a.m., a period in which there are fewer flights than in the afternoon. However, it could be the opening shot towards a total shutdown unless the government and airline employees can come to an agreement to alter the agreement that the Cabinet approved Sunday morning.

The employees of El Al, Arkia and Israir are concerned about possible layoffs because the agreement is designed to increase competition and lower air fares.

The government has argued that the agreement will create jobs by increasing tourism, but that will not necessarily help the Israeli airlines.

Management of El Al also is against the agreement, maintaining that it gives foreign airlines an unfair advantage over the national carriers and allows more landings for European airlines while not offering El Al similar opportunities in Europe.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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One Response to “Union to Ground All Ben Gurion Flights for Five Hours Tuesday”

  1. Dorothy Myers says:

    There's uncertainty in every job. If the employees of the airline fear they may get laid off NEXT APRIL, then perhaps they need to plan ahead. Jobs open up at other airlines, especially if tourist travel increases (as it probably will if prices are lower). The union understands if it goes on strike for any length of time it may ruin the employer, which is why it chooses a less busy time of day. So, it understands that a strike is counterproductive.

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