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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

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Israeli Students ‘Strike’ to Protest Driving Examiners’ Walkout

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

In a twist on the standard school strike by teachers, Israel’s national student council ‘closed’ all high schools in a non-attendance action for two days this week.

Students went on “strike” Tuesday and Wednesday to protest a six week-long strike by the country’s driving examiners. Students have been unable to take their road tests and get their drivers’ licenses because of that strike.

In addition, the Secondary School Teachers’ Association announced it would stop extra-curricular activities in a work slowdown as well. Among the activities to be suspended by the teachers are field trips and class outings.

Hana Levi Julian

Histadrut Labor Union Files Grievance in Jerusalem Over Layoffs

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

The Histadrut Labor Union started the secular calendar year with a warning to the Jerusalem municipality that it will file a grievance over the layoff of 170 sanitation workers.

That move is the first step towards starting a job action that could eventually paralyze the entire capital, if the union continues to proceed with each step in the typical work slowdown process.

“We are talking about cutting off the food supply of workers who are in the weakest position, a complete breach of trust when dealing with a group of workers,” said the Histadrut in a statement.

The move followed the city’s fight to save the jobs of more than 1,000 other sanitation workers, and up to 9,000 others in the city.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said last week there was no choice, given the refusal of the Finance Ministry to transfer funds to the city budget to support ongoing services. Calling the cuts “unbearable,” Barkat warned that if the government did not find a way to help, the city’s budgets for “social services, education and culture” would also be affected.

Last Thursday the Finance Minister agreed to allow the Jerusalem City Council to keep all the workers except 170 on the municipal payroll, and even to hire others.

But the grievance to be filed by the Histadrut will allow city workers who are union members to take unified action. Under the terms of a grievance, workers can participate in anything from a work slowdown to a full-scale strike after a period of two weeks.

Hana Levi Julian

Histadrut Strike Averted, Deal Reached

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Overnight talks between representatives of the Histadrut Union and the Finance Ministry, along with the threat of a country-wide strike, resulted in a deal, averting the strike.

Workers will receive a 7.5% raise. Half of the raise will be redirected to financially weaker members, giving them a larger salary boost. In addition there will be a NIS 2000 bonus.

The deal will apply 2 years back retroactively, and stay in effect for the next 3 years.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Kibbutz Managers to Visit Jordan, Explore Alternatives to Israel’s Strike-Ridden Ports

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) A group of dozens of managers of kibbutz industry enterprises will tour and meet with the leaders of the special economic zone of the city of Aqaba, Jordan, to familiarize themselves with the region and with the Jordanian economy, and to examine the possibilities for cooperation and establishing joint production lines.

Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city, on the shores of the Red Sea, across the bay from Israel’s tourism Mecca, Eilat. It boasts a population of 140,000 on a 144.8 square mile area. The city’s strategic location at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea has made its port a valuable asset to this day, and it serves several countries in the region.

In the last decade the kibbutz industrial enterprises have expanded production activity abroad and have become the main growth driver for the kibbutzim. The volume of production in kibbutz-owned plants outside Israel today is estimated at about $2.3 billion annually. According to Kibbutz Industries Association CEO Udi Orenstein, expanding operations abroad is an inevitable part of globalization but, production within Israel could be increased as well with a proper investment policy and the regulation the Israeli seaports—as in eliminating those frequent longshoremen’s strikes.

That last comment represents a remarkable shift in Israeli society, coming as it does from the leader of a major kibbutz enterprise. For a leader of an originally socialist, largely agricultural settlements enterprise to voice this jaundiced view of harbor workers’ frequent job disputes, resulting in frequent wildcat and longer strikes, speaks volumes of the new Israel.

The kibbutz industry tour, to begin Wednesday, November 11, will include a visit to the modern industrial area located north of Aqaba, the local air and sea ports, and discussions with local entrepreneurs.

Orenstein said in a statement that “the global economic changes require that industry constantly explore new possibilities. Aqaba is in the midst of a tremendous development drive, and functions as a special economic zone with special tax laws and planning, and can offer us advanced logistical options for exports abroad as well as shared production.”

A.D. Gordon (1856 – 1922), the spiritual force behind Labor Zionism is probably rolling in his grave.

JNi.Media

Wildcat Strikes Shuts Down Jerusalem Light Rail

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Drivers of the Jerusalem Light Rail system shut down the trains in a wildcat strike Sunday morning leaving tens of thousands people stranded.

The drivers are protesting work conditions and the increased frequency of trains.

The Transportation Ministry is deploying hundreds of additional buses to try to overcome the sadden lack of train service.

CityPass, which operates the light rail system, called the strike and act of “bullies” and added it will appeal to the courts for an order that the drivers return to work.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Railways Workers Set to Strike

Friday, May 29th, 2015

IDF soldiers and thousands of Israeli commuters may have to find another way to get around next week.

Israel Railways workers are set to strike Sunday (May 31) according to a statement Thursday by the Workers’ Committee after a labor dispute appeared to have passed the breaking point.

It’s not clear how long the strike will last, if one actually materializes.

The job action follows “continuation of unilateral steps taken by management and systematic violations of agreements,” said the head of the workers’ union.

Workers said they have previously warned the management of Israel Railways they would strike, but their grievances were ignored.

Management responded to the threat with a statement of its own, saying it “regrets the irresponsible behavior of the workers’ committee at the expense of the citizens of Israel…. The committee was offered a number of attractive options but internal disagreements prevented them from reaching a consensus.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli-Americans Stranded in Bus Strike

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Drivers with the Kavim bus line went on strike Thursday, leaving thousands of passengers scrambling to find alternate transportation. The strike has affected busing in several cities, including the city of Modiin, home to many American citizens in Israel.

Passengers were not informed of the strike until after it had begun.

Busing was also stopped in Petach Tikva, Ramle and Lod.

Drivers are accusing the Kavim company of sabotaging their attempts to unionize. They say drivers who joined the union were punished with unwanted schedule changes.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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