12 September 12 14:37–”Israel Airports Authority employees are thugs. They seized the switch, and nobody restrains them. This method of hitting the people of Israel whenever they feel like it, especially when they are leaving Israel in droves, must end. It’s clear to us that if this method is not halted and condemned, it will continue forever. They should serve the public, not harm it,” said a top Ministry of Finance official today in response to yesterday’s wildcat strike at Ben Gurion Airport.
The labor sanctions at the airport disrupted and delayed flights. The Ministry of Finance decided to fight back, even though the strike ended last night, after an agreement was reached between the Airports Authority’s employees and management and the Ministry of Finance to sign an improved collective labor contract. “Media reports about the reason for the dispute are utterly incorrect and give the public the impression that they strike and we shut up. We don’t want
to remain silent any more, even if the disputes are settled as of today,” the official told “Globes”.
The Ministry of Finance official denied that the ministry was responsible for the foot-dragging. “It takes time to review and examine collective agreements. The Airports Authority employees only know how to talk when a gun is pointed to their heads. There is no easy way to talk with them. We’ll take a few days to think. The Ministry of Finance makes scores, if not hundreds, of collective agreements a year, and with no organization is there such conduct in which we’re told that you have eight hours to sign the agreement. And what’s this method of reopening signed collective agreements? It’s like renting an apartment and the lease is reopened mid-year with a demand to raise the rent.”…Read More>>