By Moshe Cohen
Port workers intend to continue with their wildcat strike, as Israel’s main ports in Haifa and Ashdod remained closed on Thursday. The workers said they would remain off the job even if a court ordered them back to work.
Haifa port – Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography
A Labor Court judge held a hearing late Wednesday at the behest of port management, and found that the workers had no basis for a work action, ordering all of them back to work at 4:30 a.m. Continue Reading »
The Finance Ministry’s director of wages dept. said he would take harsh actions against all Foreign Ministry workers who locked gov’t ministry buildings or advanced pay to strikers.
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The Finance Ministry is threatening to file disciplinary charges against striking Foreign Ministry employees and diplomats worldwide.
Foreign ministry, closed on strike, March 24, 2014. – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi
In a letter sent to the Foreign Ministry union Monday, Kobi Amsalem, director of the treasury’s wages department, threatened disciplinary action against any worker involved in locking the gates of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem or embassies and consulates overseas or paying salary advances to the striking diplomats.
Sanctions of the Foreign Ministry strike include a refusal to issue diplomatic passports to ministers, cessation of cable communications between Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem & delegations around the world and a halt to arrangements for ministerial visits abroad.
Defense Ministry Director General Udi Shani sent an urgent letter Wednesday to Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he requested that he intercede to end the strike within the Foreign Ministry as soon as possible, in order to save Israel from possible harm to its security and diplomatic ties.
Foreign Ministry union members. – Photo: Emil Salman
A senior Israeli official, who read the letter, stated that Shani wrote to Netanyahu that the diplomats’ strike, as well as the decision of the Foreign Ministry union to halt all cooperation with the Israeli Defense Forces has severely hindered the process of changing military and defense ministry attaches in at least ten countries around the world. Continue Reading »