Travel industry sources say few Israelis have canceled but few are making new reservations. If they’re flying to Europe, it’s to the east.09:38 28.11.15 | 0 comments
It is the right idea to challenge the hegemony of the unions controlling the ports. It is entirely the wrong idea to allow them to keep what they have and try to go around them. The government's approach needs to directly confront the problem of the overpaid, underworked, nepotistic bullies that have have cowed the minitiries. This is wrong. If you are a government that is there to protect the people and the country, you do not allow any group to hold sway over a segment of vital facilities such as the ports. A much simpler, much less expensive set of actions would be far more effective: 1. begin working on legislation to make port strikes illegal (why do they need to strike anyway, they are already the highest paid govt workers). Besides govt workers should not be allowed strike in any ministry. I am thinking along the lines of the ATC strike in the US a number of years ago. That was handled correctly. 2. allocate a fraction of the funds that will go towards the ports to the IDF to create a national emergency batallion to man the ports in the event of a national emergency (including a strike). With such a unit, if the dock workers strike, they would not be allowed back on the premises (or to their jobs if item 1 is passed). 3. expose any graft associated with the undue power of these bullying thugs (must be, the govt seems cowed by them) over the past years. I know this is easier said than done. But it is only made worse when we have elected officials with no courage.