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In an unprecedented move for the state-owned electricity monopoly, the Israel Electric Corporation has informed 74 of its staffers that their pay will be docked because of the sanctions they are taking.

The 74 technicians and engineers work at the Orot Rabin power station near Hadera, but have been taking industrial action as instructed by the company's engineers' committee and technicians' committee. The action is part of a campaign against the planned dismissal of 150 technical staff at the IEC after the holiday period.

In a letter sent this week to the affected staffers, Haim Sheiner, northern region personnel manager, wrote: "The Israel Electric Corporation is not prepared to accept partial work from you. Therefore, you are required not to turn up at work for as long as you do not commit yourself to work a full job."

He then continues that those who do not turn up to work will have their pay docked.

Among the industrial action, the staffers have refused to carry out renovations at the power station, which the IEC says are always carried out in the fall and spring, when electricity demand is relatively low.