Middle East

Israeli port strikes blocked for now

Cairo: The Histadrut labour federation has had its petition to strike in protest at planned port reforms blocked by Israel’s National Labor Court yesterday.

“Discussions and negotiations between the two sides are still far from being exhausted … at this stage,” a panel of judges, led by court President Yigal Plitman, wrote in its decision. “Particularly because we are talking about a strike at two ports and its impact on the economy, it is premature to permit the use of the weapon of last resort of a strike.”

The court  demanded the two sides hold negotiations and report back to the court by April 24.

Tel Aviv’s plans to start two private ports as competition to its state-run ports have caused considerable labour unrest at the nation’s docks.  [24/03/14]

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