Israel – Egged Drivers Threaten Massive Strike For Monday

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    FILE - Employees of the Egged Ta’avura bus company protest outside the Ministry of Transportation in Jerusalem on June 8, 2015, As they demand better pay and working conditions. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90Israel – Arguing that they are expecting to become the lowest hourly paid drivers in Israel’s public transportation sector, Egged workers have threatened to launch a nationwide general strike on Monday.

    Egged’s drivers have accused their company’s management of refusing to update worker wages and taking unilateral measures that violate employee rights, according to a statement released by the Histadrut labor federation.

    The workers, who earn about NIS 32 to NIS 33 per hour, say they fear they will soon become the drivers with the lowest hourly salaries in Israel’s public transportation sector, the statement said.

    “It is unthinkable that a company that exists since the establishment of the state would pay the lowest hourly value in public transport, and in addition, will unilaterally damage the wages of workers,” said Avi Edri, chairman of the Transport Workers Union.

    “It is our intention to do everything in our power in order to preserve their wages, their honor and the status of Egged workers,” Edri said.‎

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