Lifeguards at Dead Sea hotels went out on strike Thursday in sympathy with their fellow lifeguards at the Daniel Hotel. Lifeguards at the Daniel did not report to work Thursday in protest over what they said were management's plans to fire them. Replacement lifeguards arrived, but the hotel said that the striking lifeguards refused to leave and got into a fight with the replacements. Police were called in and three people were arrested for trespassing. As a result, said an official with the union representing lifeguards, workers at other hotels and areas beached would also leave their lifeguard stands, essentially closing down the pools and beach.
The hotel said that the lifeguards they were trying to fire were doing a poor job, and that many guests had complained. The lifeguards, for their part, complained about a lack of facilities, such as protection from the sun, first aid gear, and sunscreen. The hotel added that the closure by the lifeguards jeopardized the incomes of 300 other workers at the hotel, since guests were unlikely to honor their reservations if they couldn't go swimming.