Ashdod port workers win privatisation reprieve

Ashdod port workers win privatisation reprieve

The controversial privatisation of Israeli port Ashdod has been put on hold. The privatisation plans, which have sparked numerous strikes, need the approval of the local workforce which the government now acknowledges it is unlikely to get so has put the process on hold indefinitely.

Haifa, the country’s other big port, is being privatised, albeit after much worker militant action. The decision to bring on a strategic investor into Haifa was finally agreed earlier this month.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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