An open-ended strike is set to start on Sunday at Israeli ports, according to a Thursday report on the Port2Port Website. Extraordinary cases of perishables and life-saving materials will continue to be handled.
Thursday marked the end of the two-week period required by law since the Histadrut Labor Federation declared a work dispute over the lack of a new contract since the expiration of the old contract at the end of December. No talks have been held since then. The Treasury could have renewed the agreement with a three-percent wage hike. Other issues include a pension plan, establishment of private piers at the ports, and Finance Ministry involvement in the running of the ports. A union representative said the workers just want the Treasury to honor a signed agreement. The Finance Ministry declined comment.