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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

Israel Labor Job Actions Spread to Transportation, Tourism

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Israeli transportation and tourism employees will carry out a work slowdown on Wednesday in solidarity with striking postal workers, the nation’s Histadrut Labor Federation has announced.

The move comes in response to another failure in negotiations between the union and the Finance Ministry to resolve a struggle over fate of 1,500 postal workers.

Both the transportation and tourism ministries will be on strike on Wednesday. In addition, no mail will be delivered to any government ministry or embassy, and no registered mail will be delivered as well.

Postal workers will also conduct a two-hour “strike walk” outside the Tel Aviv Cinematheque as well, from 11 am to 1 pm.

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Strike at Ben Gurion International Airport

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Workers at Ben Gurion International Airport began a three-hour strike Thursday morning.

Check-in counters closed down and passengers were unable to proceed to aircraft as a result.

The strike, set to begin at 11 am, actually began at 10:30 am so that passengers’ baggage would not reach the security inspection area and get stuck in the middle of the system.

“Due to airport workers committee sanctions, the check-in process will be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience,” passengers heard over the airport speakers. Thousands were unable to depart as scheduled.

The strike came as a solidarity gesture to support the workers of the Israel Postal company in their current work slowdown. The postal workers are in a deadlock with management in negotiations over the company’s recovery plan. The state is planning to lay off some 1,500 permanent workers from the postal system and replace them with temporary employees instead.

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FM Spokesperson Yigal Palmor Resigning, Joins Senior Staff Flight

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

According to a report published Tuesday in the Hebrew-language daily Maariv, veteran Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor plans to resign in the near future.

If the report is true, Palmor’s resignation will be the latest in a series of flights by seasoned professionals from the office that is the face of the State of Israel, representing this country to the world. Palmor, 53, speaks numerous languages and has worked at the ministry for 28 years, serving as a deputy spokesperson since the mid-1990s and as official spokesperson since 2008.

Among the others who left over the past several years are: Lior Weintraub, chief of staff at the Washington bureau; Yaki Dayan, head of the Los Angeles office; Ran Curiel, vice-director at the European office; Ilan Maor, Israel’s envoy to Shanghai; and Amos Nidai, former ambassador to Beijing. Each allegedly left “for his own reasons,” according to the Foreign Ministry.

But it is no secret that relations between ministry employees and “upper management” have been strained at best. Over the past year they carried out a worldwide strike – an unheard-of move by envoys and people at the foreign ministry – due to a long-unresolved contract dispute with the Finance Ministry over wages and benefits.

Palmor was left to explain that to the media, including having to face the unenviable task of dealing with the fallout over holiday supplies not reaching the famed Nepal Chabad House in time for its annual Passover Seder in the Himalayas due to the strike.

Further complicating the picture are the reduced numbers in the ministry’s lower echelons due to the wage and benefits dispute, which has meant there are fewer younger officials to rely upon.

There is also a great deal of confusion about exactly who represents this country to the world. The establishment in 2006 of the prime minister’s National Information Directorate alienated many at the foreign ministry; at that time, the ministry already was contending with the issue of its releases simultaneously arriving in editors’ boxes with those of the Government Press Office, those of the IDF, the Defense Ministry, and those of the Prime Minister’s Office – not to mention releases from the spokespersons of individual politicians and members of Knesset.

It has never been clear to most journalists exactly who, precisely, represents the views of the State of Israel as a specific, sole entity. If as a journalist one calls the prime minister’s office to ask that question, the answer often depends upon the question itself – “exactly what is this about?”

One cannot ever get a straight answer to a straight question in the State of Israel, as a journalist – and this may be the greatest problem for this country’s public relations, if not perhaps the impetus behind the exodus of the foreign ministry’s senior staff.

Hana Levi Julian

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