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El Al Pilots’ ‘Italian Strike’ Creating Massive Delays

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

El Al pilots are in the midst of a labor dispute with management and have embarked on an “Italian Strike,” whereby employees use excessive adherence to regulations, sick days, and other slowdown ploys to harm the company while still not declaring an official strike. Several flights have already been cancelled or delayed due to pilot “unavailability,” as in cases where pilots have insisted on flying only one-way, then requiring rest time. Using slowdown measures rather than declaring an official strike hurts the employer more, since a strike would absolve the airline from having to offer compensations to passengers whose flights were cancelled (other than re-booking their flights). The unofficial strike also prevents the airline from hiring temps (“scabs”).

Israel’s 2012 Aviation Services Act compels airlines to provide passengers whose flight was delayed by at least two hours with food and drink as well as communication services. A five to eight hour delay entitles passengers to a full refund on their tickets, or a substitute flight. Should the flight take place the next day, the airline is compelled to provide passengers with lodging and transportation.

David Israel

PA Declares Strike in Honor of Jerusalem Murderer [video]

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday afternoon issued a call to shut down shops in the Old City of Jerusalem and a general strike, in honor of the the martyrdom of Jerusalem terrorist Mesbah Abu Sabih, a PA Tweet revealed.

The PA Tweet

The PA Tweet

A post by the Shehab news agency reads: “The Martyr Mesbah Abu Sbih carried out the shooting in occupied Jerusalem which killed a cop and an Israeli settler and wounded 6 others. He was killed in a surprise ambush.”

A poem has been posted in his memory on Facebook, reading: “The lamp (mesbah in Arabic) illuminated the darkness spread over Jerusalem / And his rifle reaped a harvest of the bastards / His extinguished fire protects the homes of Jerusalem.

David Israel

Israel’s Hospitals Go On Strike to Demand More Resources For Public Health System

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

The Ministries of Health and Finance continue to find themselves at odds with the Israel Medical Association as hospitals went on strike in Israel on Thursday morning, insisting that more resources be allocated to the public health system.

Although employees at all government hospitals and psychiatric facilities will be on strike, hospitals will still run at limited capacity and continue emergency medical treatment. Nevertheless, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said that the strike itself would not at all contribute towards reaching a solution.

“This strike is unnecessary and without any real reason,” Litzman told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “It has no real goal and will bring little benefit to public health and to the health system.”

The health minister also dismissed complaints from the doctors about a new clause that had been added to the Economic Arrangements Law that would prevent senior doctors from practicing private medicine.

“The main concern of the doctors regarding the restriction of department managers from engaging in private practice does not exist since that legislative clause was removed from the draft of the Arrangements Law,” charged Litzman.

Even without the change to the Economic Arrangements Law, the doctors are still insisting that the 2017-2018 budget proposed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon include an additional several hundred million dollars (NIS 1-2 billion) to be spent towards extra hospital beds, doctors, and manpower.

Finance Ministry officials and representatives of the union for doctors appeared to be on the verge of reaching an agreement on terms at a certain point during negotiations last night. However, Yossi Cohen, director of the Finance Ministry’s salary division, sent an ambiguously worded letter to the doctors that did not include an explicit commitment to agree to the terms in writing, which quelled hopes for an agreement.

A doctor working at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem spoke with TPS on condition of anonymity about her dissatisfaction with the current allocations in the public health system and with doctors’ salaries in particular.

“Are doctors satisfied with the current numbers? In a word, no,” she told TPS. “We must examine the basic salary as a measure of comparison and not doctors’ combined salaries that include other jobs and being on call. When doing so, the average gross salary of a doctor in Israel drops to only NIS 16,360 (4,292 USD).”

“Doctors believe that a reasonable basic gross salary for a doctor given his education, training, and earning capacity outside the public system should be NIS 30,000 to NIS 40,000 a month before any on-call work, shift work, or any other forms of work,” the doctor explained.

Health Minister Litzman said that his ministry has been engaged in efforts to improve and increase the amount of financial resources invested in the public health system as well as in its doctors in particular.

“The Ministry of Health has intensive contacts with the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the public health system with additional beds, manpower, and other resources,” Litzman told TPS. “This is in correlation with the many other moves we made for the benefit of the patients, doctors, and healthcare system.”

Michael Zeff contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Report: Israeli Drones Attack Sinai Terrorists with Egypt’s Approval

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A former senior Israel official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that his country has conducted numerous drone attacks on Islamist terrorists in the Sinai in recent years, with Egypt’s blessing, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Terrorist activities in the Sinai have increased sharply since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The terrorist group Ansar Bayit al-Maqdes, which is active in the Sinia, has pledged allegiance to ISIS a year ago and has been targeting Egyptian security forces in the northern Sinai.

Israel has been claiming for some time that Hamas supports the Sinai ISIS terrorists, and that Gaza hospitals provide medical care for wounded terrorists smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels.

The IDF has said in the past that it’s “only a matter of time” before Sinai based terrorists strike at Israel, which is why it has become involved in denying them increased capabilities.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has acted with a vengeance against the Gazan’s ability to smuggle goods into the Sinai, destroying and flooding hundreds of tunnels, Bloomberg reported, adding that Israel has responded to El-Sisi with financial gestures and, according to the Israeli military’s deputy chief of staff Major-General Yair Golan, increased intelligence-sharing.

“The level of cooperation is something we’ve never experienced before,” Golan said. “It’s not about love, it’s not about common values. I wouldn’t describe it as the relationship we have with the United States of America, but I think it’s a good starting point.”

David Israel

Israeli High School Students Continue Rolling ‘Strike’

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Israeli high school students are continuing their strike in a modified version this week to protest the ongoing walkout by driving license examiners across the country.

Students in five cities are protesting the weeks’ old decision, as well as a slowdown by the Teachers’ Union that has halted field trips and extra-curricular activities.

The job action by teachers comes as part of a wrestling match between the union and the Ministry of Education.

Students plan to rotate the strike around the country, shutting down classrooms in five cities per day, in order not to disrupt preparation for the end-of-year bagrut (matriculation) exams.

Hana Levi Julian

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

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