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Aviation workers’ labor strike disrupts flights in and out of country

6 9 14

Flights in and out of the country faced disruptions Thursday as aviation workers launched a strike during which they interrupted luggage handling and service to planes.

The strike began in the morning at Ben Gurion Airport, the country’s main international terminus. Flights at Ramon Airport in the south of the country, Israel’s second international terminus, will also face major delays starting at 2 p.m.

In addition, flights at an airfield in Rosh Pina in the north were brought to a halt, including for firefighting aircraft. Recent forest fires in the country have seen the planes called on to tackle blazes, including a huge fire near Jerusalem last week.

Around 25,000 travelers were due to pass through Ben Gurion on Thursday, including 10,000 on outbound flights, Hebrew media reported.

The workers are protesting a plan by the Israel Airports Authority to cut 350 permanent jobs from its workforce due to a reduction in flights brought on by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IAA said it was seeking a court order to force the employees back to work. The Histradut national labor federation has declared a work dispute over the........

© The Times of Israel

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