The Histadrut Labor Federation announced Thursday morning that the crisis threatening El Al flights has come to an end, after extended negotiations that took place all night in the office of Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkoren.
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The company's management and the piolots reached agreements on the issues that were in question. They are expected to hash out these understandings and formalize them in the form of a contract later on Thursday, and signed if no-one goes back on their word. All sides expressed a careful optimism over the agreement and hope that no legal problems arise.
Over the last three weeks, Nissenkoren mediated the negotiations, getting El Al's management to accept many of the pilots' demands, in return for an increased freedom to run the company without the constant specter of a pilot veto.
The main issue the sides discussed is the volume of work pilots who reach the age of 65 will have to put in as flight instructors in return for the full pilot salary they receive (approximately $200 thousand a year). The sides agreed that they would commit to 10 instruction simulations a month – two in Israel and eight abroad.