Labor Court Judge Heads Off Strike in Southern Israel

The strike, which had been planned to take place from Ashdod southward, was meant to protest layoffs at Israel Chemical subsidiaries in the region.

Reuters

The Histadrut labor federation has called off a planned general strike for the south of the country that was planned for Thursday.

The strike, which had been planned to take place from Ashdod southward, was meant to protest layoffs at Israel Chemical subsidiaries in the region.

The labor action was scrapped following discussions in the office of Judge Yigal Plitman, president of the National Labor Court. The judge came to an agreement with Histadrut and Israel Chemicals representatives in which the company agreed to suspend layoff notices for workers at its Bromine Compound and Dead Sea Works subsidiaries.

The parties are now to enter into intensive negotiations under Plitman’s supervision.

The deliberations lasted for more than two hours, during which the judge tried to come up with a compromise that would settle the labor crisis and head off the strike. The Israel Manufacturers Association and Israel Chemicals opposed the strike action.

The judge suggested that the layoffs be suspended and the strike called off, but his proposal also permitted continued strike action at the two Israel Chemical subsidiaries. The strike was due to include portions of both the public and private sectors in the south, although it would not have affected trains in the region, or the educational or health systems.