In Israel the national airline, El Al, suspended operations on Tuesday (4 April) because maintenance men and administration staff held union meetings during morning working hours.
SV & CU People waiting in departure lounge at Lod airport, Tel Aviv, (3 shots)
CU Stranded passenger speaking in English
GV Airport concourse
CU El Al President Mordechai Hod speaking in English
LV & TV PAN & CU El Al aircraft on tarmac (5 shots)
PASSENGER: "They say that there's no flights today so there's nobody taking care of us. We have no money anymore and we have nowhere to go so we have to sleep over at the airport."
HOD: "Until proper conditions will be arrived we will not be able to resume our operations. The consequence is that El Al is grounded now -- for how long I don't know."
Israeli Finance Minister Simcha Ehrlich has announced that a ministerial committee has empowered the airline management to close down El Al and reconstitute it on a new basis if it felt such action was necessary. However Transport Minister Meir Amit told Reuters news agency on Tuesday that a cabinet decision would be necessary to carry this out. Individual cabinet ministers have in the past issued numerous warnings of an El Al closure for reorganisation.
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Background: In Israel the national airline, El Al, suspended operations on Tuesday (4 April) because maintenance men and administration staff held union meetings during morning working hours.
SYNOPSIS: As stranded passengers waited to be transferred to other airlines the El Al employees denied they were on strike, saying they had met to discuss a management letter advising them that collective labour contracts had been cancelled. For some travellers their action meant hardship.
El Al President Mordechai Hod also spoke about the disruption.
For years El Al has been seeking ways of combining the eight separate working committees they have to negotiate with into one or two at the most. The management have said workers can hold meetings during quiet periods in the afternoons, but not in the mornings. Elsewhere on Israel's troubled labour scene journalists, merchant seamen and teachers are also involved in industrial action.