The National Labor Court recognizes the legitimacy of a ports strike in response to the government's decision to establish private ports, but, for now, it is forbidding a strike.
The judges ordered the state and the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) to continue negotiations, and to report on their progress by October 10. Until then, the workers will not be allowed to go on strike at the ports.
"At this time, so long as no other decision is taken, the ports' workers will continue to work normally, fully, and regularly, and in an orderly manner," the decision states. It adds, "The parties to the dispute should immediately hold talks on all matters relating to the consequences of the government decision to establish private ports, concerning the rights, work conditions, and job security of the ports' workers."
The government has decided to build two private ports, one each in Ashdod and Haifa, which will compete against the existing ports. Today's decision states, "The National Labor Court has concluded that the state has the authority to decide on the opening of new ports, and it does not need the consent of the workers to this act. However, the state must discuss with them the consequences of this decision."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 23, 2013
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