Labor Dispute Erupts at Israel’s Ports

Labor Dispute Erupts at Israel’s Ports

Eric Lee

Eric Lee is an American-born writer and website developer, who lived for a number of years at Kibbutz Ein Dor, before moving to Britain. He is the founding editor of LabourStart, an online news service for the international trade union movement and works with the TULIP [Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine] website.  In the 1990s, Lee created and ran the website, BibiWatch, dedicated to monitoring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office in the late 1990s.  

The following are news stories that have appeared on the TULIP site recently, brought to our attention by Eric Lee: 

Netanyahu’s Minister of the Economy ramps up the rhetoric – jokes about ‘exterminating’ port workers

It started with a secret plan to bring in troops to break a potential port strike.  That was followed by threats to move work to ports in neighboring countries.  But now Netanyahu’s far-right Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, has gone one step further — he’s joked publicly, on Facebook, about ‘exterminating’ port workers.
Transportation Minister: We’ll use ports in Jordan, Greece, Cyprus or Turkey to break union
Following up on reports earlier this week that the Israeli government was considering using Israel Defense Forces troops to break a potential port workers strike, the Transportation Minister Israel Katz now says that there are other options as well.

Israel: Ports battle shaping up as gov’t threatens ‘war’ on workers, threatens to deploy army as strike-breakers
The language of Israel’s new finance minister Yair Lapid couldn’t be clearer: “Let there be war.” Lapid was referring to the impending battle over privatisation of Israel’s state owned ports. Unions are defending the port workers and especially their right to bargain collectively and to strike in the face of an unprecedented attack by the Netanyahu government. Ha’aretz is claiming the government will deploy IDF soldiers as strike-breakers if necessary to keep the ports open.
Finally, you may be interested to read my own [Eric Lee’s] article on the ports dispute which appeared on the blog of the British Trades Union Congress, Stronger Unions Israel’s Ports Haunted by Ronald Reagan’s Ghost.

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