Flights Disrupted At Ben-Gurion Due to Baggage Handlers’ Dispute

YERUSHALAYIM -

Several departures from Ben-Gurion International Airport were delayed Wednesday due to sanctions by Israel Airports Authority workers, according to media reports.

The sanctions were aimed at expressing solidarity with employees of Maman, the cargo-operations company at the airport, who have been demonstrating in front of the authority’s management’s offices.

On Tuesday, the Histadrut declared a labor dispute in Maman to protest the terms of the IAA’s new tender for running the general-cargo terminal at Ben-Gurion Airport.

At the same time, hundreds of employees of Maman, which runs the terminal, have been demonstrating since 8 a.m. Tuesday opposite the offices of IAA management to protest the terms of the new tender. IAA employees have engaged in solidarity sanctions as well, and Histadrut labor federation representatives are participating in the demonstration.

“About 500 workers who have been working at the terminal for about 40 years are facing dismissal,” said Histadrut Transport Workers’ Union Chairman Avi Edery. “We call upon the management to begin immediate talks for the continued employment of the existing workers. The Histadrut is determined to wage a struggle against any franchisee, using any method at its disposal to keep the workers of Maman employed at the cargo terminals.”