A mass sick call-in of Israel Railways drivers forced the shutdown of train routes during rush hour for the second consecutive day on Thursday, prompting a court order that the workers be tested by doctors, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The Tel Aviv District Labor Court ruled that the 40 of the system’s 215 drivers who called in sick be subjected to a medical examination.
On Wednesday, Israel Railways management alleged that the drivers were faking sickness to protest an intense new work schedule. The court accepted sick notes from health fund doctors on Wednesday.
Some drivers have been examined by the Railways’ doctor, who confirmed that they actually were sick.
During busy afternoon and evening hours, train service was crippled between Akko and Kiryat Motzkin, Tel Aviv to Beersheva, the Hod Hasharon-Rishon Lezion West-Ashkelon line, and others.
The drivers are suspected of using health excuses as a job action in the absence of an official labor dispute.