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Power to the People, Not the Electric Company's Union

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05.06.2018

The reforms at the Israel Electric Corporation were approved by the cabinet this week after 22 years in which every attempt to make major changes in one of Israel’s largest government monopolies failed.

A bitter public debate preceded the approval of the electricity reforms in light of its heavy costs — 7 billion shekels (almost $2 billion), which the public will fund through its electric bills. The fear is that the benefits do not justify the cost and the government gave away too much to the IEC’s workers committee.

This fear is well founded: The great power of the IEC’s union, which holds the public hostage, could very well prevent the full implementation of the expensive reforms. If the union does take a bite out of important parts of the reforms, it is doubtful whether the government will succeed in imposing its........

© Haaretz