Tel Aviv Municipal Workers Threaten post-Passover Strike

City management accuses the union of trying to force the appointment of one of its members as sanitation chief. Union presents a long list of other complaints.

Aviad Bar-Nes

Tel Aviv municipal workers declared a labor dispute on Monday and have threatened to go on strike from May 1, right after the Passover holiday.

The union has submitted a long list of complaints to city management including work assignments issued without prior coordination, and unilateral steps in many areas, unequal and risky work conditions, and humiliation.

The city's management says the real reason for the dispute is its refusal of a union demand to name an unsuitable person as head of the sanitation department.

Union leader Rami Ben Gal has notified the workers that the Histadrut has approved of their dispute and that the union shall immediately begin "broad organizational steps in all city units, including the convening of assemblies and imposing sanctions."

He has notified of a strike planned for May 1, a plan which city officials say would be illegal as the law requires the union to wait at least 15 days after declaring a labor dispute before a strike may be launched.