Thousands of households are still without electricity, with electrical lines downed in many areas due to heavy snowfall in one of the biggest winter storms in Israel's history. Dedicated staff of the Israeli Electric Company have been working night and day for three days straight to restore power – most of them, that is.
For about 200 of the company's electrical engineers, the current electrical emergency is someone else's problem. That's because they are at a seminar in sunny Eilat, mixing discussions on technical issues with fun in the warm sun, Channel Two reported Sunday night.
The seminar took place despite the fact that management ordered all seminars and extra-curricular activities cancelled, as the company prepared to deal with what was expected to be a serious winter storm, even if forecasters under-guessed the level of its intensity. However, union officials said that they would not comply with that order.
Speaking to Channel Two, Yaakov Hai, head of the engineer's union in the IEC, said that if the management of the company wanted to cancel the seminar, it should pay the cancellation fee to the hotel, travel agency, caterer, etc. Total cost: About a million shekels.
Hai added that the group consisted of engineers who were not field workers, and that field workers who were supposed to participate were excused from the event.
IEC management said that it subject those who disobeyed the orders to a disciplinary hearing.