- Title: VARIOUS: PENSION STRIKE
- Date: 28th September 1997
- Summary: BEN GURION AIRPORT NEAR TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL (SEPTEMBER 28, 1997) (RTV) 1. LV EXTERIOR OF BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 0.05 2. SLV EMPTY CHECK-IN LINES 0.09 3. SCU PASSENGERS LOOKING AT FLIGHT SCHEDULE SCREEN 0.12 4. CU LIST OF CANCELLED DEPARTURES ON FLIGHT SCHEDULE SCREEN 0.16 5. SLV PASSENGERS SLEEPING IN SLEEPING BAGS ON FLOOR WAITING FOR STRIKE TO END (2 SHOTS) 0.23 6. SLV PASSENGERS WAITING FOR FLIGHTS 0.26 7. SCU DESERTED CONVEYOR BELT 0.29 8. CU TOURIST JOE HANIM SAYING THAT BECAUSE OF THE STRIKE HIS FLIGHT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD AND HE MISSED HIS ORIGINAL FLIGHT. THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW WHEN THE NEXT FLIGHT WILL HAPPEN (ENGLISH) 0.39 9. SLV STRANDED PASSENGERS WAITING 0.42 JERUSALEM (SEPTEMBER 28, 1997) (RTV) 10. SLV EXTERIOR OF BANK 0.50 11. MV WOMAN TRYING TO ENTER BANK/SIGN ON BANK WINDOW SAYING CLOSED DUE TO STRIKE (2 SHOTS) 1.02 12. MV SOLDIERS USING AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE (ATM) 1.04 13. CU BANK CLIENT SAYING THAT THE QUESTION OF WORKERS RIGHTS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BUT THE WAY THAT THE WORKERS UNION (HISTADRUT) ARE ACTING IS NOT THE PROPER WAY FOR IT TO BE DONE (ENGLISH) 1.21 14. SCU PEOPLE OUTSIDE BANK, LOOKING AT STRIKE SIGN OUTSIDE 1.25 15. SLV ISRAELI FINANCE MINISTER YAACOV NEEMAN WALKING UP STAIRS INTO CABINET MEETING 1.32 17. SLV INTERIOR OF CABINET MEETING, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SEATED 1.34 18. SCU NETANYAHU 1.39 19. SCU NEEMAN 1.42 20. SCU NETANYAHU 1.45 20. SLV CABINET MEETING 1.48 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 13th October 1997 13:00
- Location: BEN GURION AIRPORT, NEAR TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL/ JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Reuters ID: LVA2NPRG8ZKRWTVP3EVZX3R3S7I9
- Story Text: - INTRO: More than 500,000 Israeli workers have gone on strike, closing public offices, airports and related industries in a dispute over pension rights.
The strike began early on Sunday (September 28), following a call by the Histradrut Labour Federation which accused the government of reneging on a pension scheme.
A labour court ordered that a planned open-ended general strike should be limited to eight hours pending a hearing on Monday.
It was unclear whether workers would return to work at the end of the eight hours.
Histadrut lawyer Dahlia Rabin-Philosof said the court had limited the strike to the hours of 0400 to 1200 GMT on Sunday while setting another hearing for 0700 GMT on Monday.
Histadrut said the strike shut down Israel's ports, airports, public transport, banks, telephone and electric companies, and other industries in the public and private sector.
Israel's national airline El Al brought forward 25 flights to Saturday night. All flights were stopped by Sunday morning.
Histadrut has said it was also protesting at the government's selloff of companies and at plans to restructure the economy.
But the two sides agreed the core issue was a disputed deal to compensate public sector employees covered by less favourable pension plans.
The deal was signed just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in May 1996.
The government earlier this month approved the Treasury's 1998 draft budget, including 2.3 billion shekels ($657 million) in spending cuts as well as measures to reduce child benefits and pension reforms.
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