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Airline passengers can breathe easy: the strike scheduled to disrupt Ben Gurion Airport today has been deferred.

The strike had been called by Airport Authority workers, who had threatened to shut down the international airport from 13:00 until 16:00 today.

The Airport Authority workers ostensibly meant to show solidarity with the employees of a subcontractor providing cleaning and security services.

Union chairman Pinhas Edan told TheMarker that he decided to accept the plea of Airport Authority manager Gabi Ophir and delay the industrial action, after he was promised negotiations to protect the rights of the subcontractor's workers.

The subcontractor's workers had complained of eroding employment terms, including only receiving half a voucher for breakfast, and being forced to take vacation days in order to reduce the employer's costs.  Edan said they were being "dreadfully exploited" and treated insultingly.