Deserted train station in Nahariya
Photo: Avishag Shaar Yeshuv
Frustrated passengers
Photo: Ben Kelmer
Detained union members

Strike cripples Israel's train services

Israel Railways workers' union launches surprise strike following arrest of fellow union members who protested in backdrop of privatization prospects

Major disruptions have been noted in Israel Railways services on Thursday after the company's workers union launched a strike to protest the arrest of 10 union members, including union chairperson Gila Ederi.


On Wednesday, Israel Railways workers protested outside the home of the company's incoming board chairman Uri Yogev, who they claim endorses privatizing sections of Israel Railways. A surprise strike was launched following the arrest.


The Ramle Magistrate's Court released the 10 workers under restrictions on Thursday.


Tel Aviv Labor Court Judge Efrat Laskar issued a temporary injunction early on Thursday forcing railway workers to resume operations and later extended it until Monday morning. "The soldiers will go home for Shabbat and wheels will be set into motion without disruption," she ruled.


However, many train stations remained closed Thursday morning forcing passengers to seek alternative means of transportation.


Platforms were empty in Tel Aviv's train stations and sealed off with orange ribbons. Passengers were greeted with posters informing them of the strike in the Tel Aviv Center - Savidor station.


"We are trying to resume operations but it is proving difficult as all our union members are detained," Transport Workers Union Chairman Avi Edri said.


Yoav Zitun, Boaz Fyler, Ilana Curiel, Ahiya Raved and Hillel Posek contributed to this report



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