Ben-Gurion Airport Slowdown Likely to Continue

Interior Ministry staffers want more hiring, higher pay; new car-tax method gets bigger test.

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People sit at Ben-Gurion International Airport in a January 5, 2010 file photo.Credit: Reuters

Labor slowdown ties up travelers

Travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday faced long lines at departures and arrivals as Interior Ministry employees staged a surprise labor slowdown. The action, which was the second such effort in a month and is likely to be repeated, reflects demands to hire more staff and improve pay and conditions, unions say. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)

Taxing cars on mileage driven, not cost of vehicles

An experiment in taxing cars by how much they are driven rather than on the value of the vehicles themselves is to be expanded to as many as 100,000 motorists from 3,000 currently. Participating drivers are paid not to use their cars during peak commuting hours. Netivei Ayalon, which operates the Tel Aviv highway, is seeking suppliers of the monitoring technology to be installed on vehicles participating in the trial. (Daniel Schmil)