Airport Labor Dispute Puts Summer Travel Under Cloud

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The  Histadrut declared a labor dispute on Monday at the Israel Airports Authority, citing the use of contract labor and worsening of the workers’ terms of employment, Globes reported.

The union is demanding restriction of the use of contract labor by the Airports Authority, as well as executive hiring practices, which the workers say should be included in the collective labor agreement.

Said Airports Authority workers committee chairman Pinchas Idan: “We’re trying to meet with management, but without success. The meetings are being postponed again and again, and meanwhile the number of contract workers is growing in contravention of the agreements, and the workers’ pension rights are not being safeguarded.”

Wages are also at issue. A week ago, Idan said, “We demanded a 4% pay hike, including incentive pay and higher grades. … This is what we deserve.”

The declaration of a labor dispute enables the Histadrut to legally call a strike after two weeks.