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An Israeli Italian Strike

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A number of El Al pilots didn’t show up for their flights on Thursday evening, calling in “sick”, apparently protesting against the side effects of El Al’s creation of a budget airline service called “Up”.

The Israeli version of the Italian strike left hundred of travelers stuck at the airport with long delays, and one flight to Munich was completely cancelled.

The pilots claim they are flying too many hours, and have too many last-minute itinerary changes as of late.

They’re demanding that El Al hire more pilots to lighten the load.

El Al recently cancelled their point sharing agreement with HAS Advantage Visa card holders, leaving angry and surprised card holders with many tens of thousands of points that can no longer be applied towards El Al flights.

Postal Strike to Continue on Wednesday

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Striking workers at the Israel Postal Company put their stamp on a second day of a strike that has left citizens, the military and businesses without ground communication.

Bails, checks bad orders for IDF reservists cannot reach their destinations.

Employees are striking over management plans to fire 2,000 workers as part of a program to cut costs and to adapt to e-commerce and more efficient delivery systems.

Postal Service on Strike

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Israel Postal Co. workers are going on a nationwide strike Tuesday, one day after they closed offices in central Israel in protest of the Post Office’s plans to fire 2,000 workers.

The employees committee said the move was not coordinated with them.

IDF Hits Syrian Military Position with Tammuz Missile

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

In response to the mortar fire that hit the Israeli side of the Golan on Saturday multiple times, on Saturday afternoon the IDF launched a “Tammuz” missile at at least one of the Syrian military positions that launched the mortars.

The missile hit the position and took out a Syrian’s mortar cannon. It’s unknown if any Syrian soldiers were hit in the retaliatory strike.

The Tammuz guided missile has a range of 25 kilometers, can track a target independently, and can penetrate the armor of any tank. Each missile costs half a million shekels.

Foreign Ministry Strike Strands South Floridians

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The strike at the Foreign Ministry and its consulates worldwide has left hundreds people stranded, including several from South Florida.

“All I really need is someone to put a stamp in my passport” that expired last month, Delray Beach, Florida businessman Shimon Cohen told the Miami Herald. He charged that the strike violated his “basic human right of free movement.”

The strike was prompted by a government reorganization of the ministry after the creation of  a new Ministry of International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs.

Chaim Schacham, the Israeli consul general for Florida and Puerto Rico, said the strike was necessary. “Because we’re diplomats and we speak diplomatically, they didn’t take us seriously at first,” he added.

Cohen said he understands the beefs of the ministry workers  but “a passport is a necessity, not a luxury.” He said, “I cannot be held as a prisoner here based on what is happening in Israel. Let them settle it within the borders of Israel.”

That assumes that Israeli knows what its borders are.

Foreign Ministry Strike Shuts Down Consular Service at Embassies

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry employees has caused a halt to consular services at Israeli embassies and consulates in the United States and around the world.

“Due to a strike of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until further notice, NO CONSULAR SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED,” read a statement posted on the website of the consulate in New York.

Employees at the diplomatic missions will make exceptions for medical emergencies, adoptions and transporting bodies for burial.

Israelis living abroad cannot go to embassies and consulates for issues concerning passports and visas, reports of Israeli births abroad and matters dealing with the Israel Defense Forces.

Union to Ground All Ben Gurion Flights for Five Hours Tuesday

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/union-to-ground-all-ben-gurion-flights-for-five-hours-tuesday/2013/04/21/

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