Strikes across Israel

Ashdod Port
Ashdod Port

There have been strikes across Israel this week, including at Ashdod Port, the Bank of Israel and numerous schools and universities.

Submitted by Mike Harman on March 15, 2007

Workers at the Bank of Israel began an indefinite strike on Tuesday, however the strike ended at 3am this morning after a deal was struck between the Bank of Israel Governer and the Ministry of Finance Director of Wages Eli Cohen. The deal will result in many workers and retirees returning overpaid wages and pension to the bank, and according to the chair of the Bank of Israel's workers committee was reached without any involvement of workers at all. They indicated the strike may resume once they'd reviewed the agreement. Workers at the National Insurance Institute were also on strike Monday against the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service Commission due to understaffing.

A strike at Ashdod Port ended yesterday after reaching an agreement which had been slammed by Cohen a day earlier. It includes transfer of some power to the port's workers committee, but also promises of some industrial peace. The strike had been running for three days.

Secondary teachers continued their rolling strikes in Haifa and Jerusalem yesterday over a wage agreement, whilst in a seperate action, university students struck over tuition fees and budget cuts.