Courts to Strike on Sunday

A view of the High Court building in Yerushalayim.
A view of the High Court building in Yerushalayim.

A general strike of the Israeli courts system has been called for Sunday, Globes reports.

The strike, court management employees, will affect Magistrates Courts, District Courts, the High Court, and labor, traffic, and family courts.

Secretaries, typists, keyboard operators, and maintenance staff are all expected to join the walkout. Exceptions committees will operate during the strike.

The strike was announced after meetings between workers’ representatives and the Ministry of Finance failed to resolved differences over a plan to reform work arrangements which will alter the workers’ rating.

The Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) does not oppose the changes in substance, but voiced objection to the unilateral way in which the courts management launched the plan, without consulting the workers.

Israel Courts Workers Committee Chairman Dani Hasson said, “Unfortunately, we have been deadlocked for the past 14 months. Courts’ management wants to regard us as slaves, not workers, and is therefore leaving us no choice, and is pushing us towards organizational measures, up to a full strike.”