Senior Airports Authority Official Quits

Sources say Shlomo Oren was irked by decision by board subcommittee.

A deputy director of the Israel Airports Authority resigned suddenly over the weekend, a move IAA sources say was triggered by the scuttled labor agreement with university-educated staff at the authority.

The deputy director, Shlomo Oren, had been in charge of organization and administration.

The sources said a subcommittee of the board of directors had not approved a tentative agreement with the workers' committee due to internal power struggles.

The authority, however, denied any connection with this issue.

"The management of the Israel Airports Authority is obligated to maintain the authority's financial strength and budgetary resources," the authority said.

"Within these parameters, labor agreements were signed in recent months with the main [workers'] committees at the authority and will be signed with the committee of university-educated workers. There is no connection between Oren's request to leave his position and the status of negotiations with the committee representing university-educated workers."

Oren is a reserve brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces and once headed the IDF's West Bank division. He had served in his aviation post for about two years.