Business in Brief

Offshore Cyprus gas drill nearly complete

The Aphrodite 2 exploratory drilling in Cyprus’s territorial waters is nearly over, after reaching a depth of 5,600 meters below sea level, said partners U.S-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group over the weekend. Aphrodite 2 is part of Cyprus’ Bloc 12 gas prospect. Noble has said that the drilling revealed a structure that could contain 7 trillion cubic feet of gas. Noble and Delek are involved in Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan fields, among others. (Avi Bar-Eli)

Histadrut to meet gov’t reps Sunday over dispute

Histadrut labor federation representatives are due to meet with state representatives Sunday, two weeks after the union declared a labor dispute at the government ministries. The negotiations will involve the terms of 67,000 public sector workers. Histadrut sources said they had not intended to automatically launch a strike or other sanctions but rather to show that the union would not stand idly by as the government planned a public sector reform. The Histadrut objects to plans to make workers wait five years for tenure, up from the current two, and for calls to do away with internal tenders for government jobs, among others. The Civil Service Commission stated in response that the far-reaching changes necessary for the civil service would necessitate working with the Histadrut. (Haim Bior)

Workers: HOT towed cars of striking employees

Striking employees at multi-channel television company HOT allege that management towed cars from workers' homes, and say they have videos to prove it. The workers allege that the vehicles of several technicians were towed from their homes over the past few days. HOT stated in response that its policy is to take back corporate cars from workers who have been absent from their jobs for more than a week, no matter what the reason. Workers countered that in other cases of long-term absences, vehicles were not towed. HOT's employees organized under Koach L'Ovdim in May and appointed a union representation in June, but HOT has refused to recognize it. The issue is due to be decided in Tel Aviv labor court. (Hila Weissberg)

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