Railways in Partial Shutdown as Strike Takes Effect

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An Israel Railways train bearing the message, “Not in Service.” (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90, File)

Workers on two Israel Railways lines went out on strike Sunday, the first official strike by the union in seven years, Globes reported.

The routes affected were Karmiel-Haifa and on the Lod-Rishonim (Rishon Letzion). Service stopped on those two lines from 2 p.m. Sunday.

The stoppage represents an expansion of one that began last week, when workers shut down virtually all cargo activities. However, the Histadrut has said that no further sanctions are expected at this stage.

The two lines that have been struck are among the least used.

The main reason for the work dispute is a set of new work arrangements for drivers, which have been called by the workers committee ‘a safety danger.’ The workers committee claims that the new arrangements do not allow for long enough breaks during shifts, and that they will not take responsibility for what might happen when the drivers are tired.