Witnesses said the protestors stopped their cars in the middle of the road before exiting their vehicles and staging a protest on the highway.
The protest led to a heavy traffic jam near the Sha'ar Hagai Interchange in both directions, forcing police to make their way to the scene and disperse the crowds.
The flow of traffic resumed after a delay that lasted roughly 30-minutes.
Employee representatives sought to make clear that they were not protesting the court's decision to close the container, but rather, they were seeking to force the government to find a solution that would prevent their dismissal
According to workers engaged in talks with Haifa Chemicals management, without a solution, the company will be forced to close two plants in the country and mkae 1,000 workers redundant.
An employee statement called on "all parties responsible, including the minister of finance and other government agencies, to find an immediate solution to prevent layoffs."
(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)