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The Solution for Labor Disputes in Israel

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After 10 years in which he could have done so but didn’t, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz finally announced that he will submit a bill requiring compulsory arbitration of labor disputes in essential public services – the trains, the ports, the electric company, the water company and the airports. Katz suddenly remembered this issue only five days after the election because until then, he was being careful not to upset the big unions; he wanted them to vote for him in the Likud primary and for his party in the general election. Now, he’s doing what he should have done long ago.

What prompted his announcement was the ongoing chaos at Israel Railways, which peaked last Friday when, after several safety engineers called in sick, management shut down the entire train system nationwide so as not to endanger passengers. As public fury mounted, the new chairman of the Histadrut labor........

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