Airport Authority employees have announced a labor dispute approved by the Histadrut

Posted on Jan 10, 2023 by Ifi Reporter

Will the disruptions at Ben-Gurion airport return? Airport Authority employees have announced a labor dispute approved by the Histadrut. According to the employees, the announcement is a background to non-renewal of employment agreements, violation of existing agreements and a lack of employees.
The meaning of the announcement of a labor dispute is that at the end of a two-week cooling-off period, in which the parties will try to resolve the disputes, the Authority's employees are allowed to initiate disruptions and sanctions that may affect the flights in BBG.
In fact, this is a renewal of a labor dispute that existed about two years ago. According to the employees, the request is based on non-compliance with the agreements and non-signing of a collective agreement from 2017.
"Before the corona virus, we had an active labor dispute. This is a request that lasts for two years, and after that you have to announce whether everything has worked out and it is canceled or whether you want to renew it," explained Pinchas Idan, chairman of the Israel Workers' Committee. "Unfortunately, nothing has worked out. We have been demanding new labor agreements since 2017 and the management should negotiate with us and is not doing so. Why? I don't know."
According to Idan, the management violates existing agreements: "According to the old agreements, 82-84 employees are supposed to receive tenure each year. This is something that the Treasury approved, and yet we did not receive it. It is appropriate that they abide by the agreements. In addition, the management is obligated to invite the employees to sit on the various committees and ignores it There are many things that the management does not respect."
According to him, the lack of manpower is harming the current work: "There is a serious lack of manpower in security. I agreed in the past to confirm to them that the day workers (Rasht employees who are assigned to other positions; the K) would increase security, because of the lack of workers and because we did not want to harm the passengers. But that's enough. The corona virus is over, the routine is back, 250 employees retired and we didn't get other employees in their place. Supplements that were temporarily deducted for the employees were not returned. We declared a conflict, but I really hope that we won't come to the point of harming the passengers, there are many things to do without harming them, but if you don't We have no choice but to reach sanctions - we will reach that too."
Starting from March 2022, the month in which the aviation industry returned to functioning after the lifting of the Corona restrictions, chaos arose in the airport due, among other things, to a lack of workers and a lack of adequate preparation for demand. From last Passover, complaints began to accumulate about heavy loads in the airport and huge queues - at all stages of boarding the plane, starting at check-in until the security screening, as well as delays, postponements and cancellations of flights and lost luggage.
After the Tishrei holiday period, the situation at the airport calmed down, but now there is a danger that the workers' disruptions will return the mess to the airport.


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