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Longshoremen Halt Operations at Israeli Ports

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Strike Halts Operations at Ashdod and Haifa Ports, Israel 2018-05-14

Merchant vessels calling at Haifa and Ashdod, Israel's main commercial seaports, face serious delays due to longshore labour walkouts. Stevedores at the state-run ports are protesting the impending arrival of competition from nearby private terminals.
Longshore members of Histadrut (the General Federation of Labour in Israel) walked out at Ashdod and Haifa on May 9 in protest of plans for the port concessions. Shortly thereafter, Israel's National Labour Court ruled that these union employees would have to return to work, and it ordered that union leaders must appear in court to discuss the labour action. "In view of the circumstances . . . and because the work disruptions are in violation of agreements, we are issuing ex parte orders mandating an immediate return to work," the court ruled.
As of May 10, local union leaders had not complied with the court's request and the strike continued, according to Israeli media. Police have not been able to locate five local union committee heads to bring them before the court, and a court hearing was rescheduled for May 11.
As of May 10, more than 40 ships were held up due to the strike, port spokesmen told Reuters.
Read more in an article from The Maritime Executive.

Source: CIFFA


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