Workers Disrupt Train in 'Work to Rule’ Strike

Despite a court order blocking work sanctions, train employees continue disruptions in “work to rule” strike.

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Maayana Miskin,

Train in Israel
Train in Israel
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The Labor Court ordered Israel Railway employees to resume their regular work immediately, but workers continue to cause delays, members of the public reported Sunday. In addition, train workers are preventing the scheduled opening Sunday morning of a new segment of track connecting Tel Aviv to Holon, Bat Yam and western Rishon L’Tzion.

Israel Railways management accused employees of conducting a “work to rule” or “Italian” strike, and said the workers’ actions show “indifference to passengers.”

Serious disruptions in the train schedule were reported Thursday as workers slowed trains from 140 to 120 kilometers per hour. Some trains failed to appear, while others showed up but made stops at random, ignoring the usual route.

Workers are upset by a decision to outsource upkeep of the train infrastructure to a Canadian company. They have accused Israel Railways, and the government, of attempting to circumvent organized labor.

On Monday, the railways union will return to Labor Court to argue the back-to-work order and defend their decision to strike.