El Al crisis over, agreement reached between pilots and management

According to the Histadrut, Israel’s organization of trade unions, at the end of a meeting that lasted all night, El Al pilots and management reached an agreement and the crisis is over.
Photo Credit: Itai Tzin/Channel 2 News

This morning (Thursday), the Histadrut, Israel’s organization of trade unions, announced that the El Al crisis is over. At the end of a negotiation that lasted throughout the night in Chairman of the Histadrut Avi Nissenkoren’s office, the management and pilots drafted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the disputed issues.

The agreement was reached after an escalation of the crisis over the past several weeks. Yesterday, the Regional Labor Court granted the management’s request, stating that the resignation of the pilots acting as Air Traffic Controllers is an illegal strike and moved to prevent any action that will cause disruption in the airline’s operations.

Both sides reached agreement Photo credit: Histadrut Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

“We welcome the MOU and are happy that the passengers and workers, El Al’s most valuable assets, will no longer be harmed,” stated El Al’s Pilot Committee. “The older pilots, over 65 years old, will continue to be employed by the company under a fair and respectable labor agreement as pilots, instructors or in management roles. A severance pay has been agreed on for those pilots who won’t have a position.”

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