Today, the Israel Airports Authority announced that it will strike on Saturday. As a result, 180 flights will be suspended and approximately 28 thousand passengers will feel the effect.
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Today (Tuesday), the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) workers’ committee announced that the employees of Ben Gurion Airport will strike during the weekend. As a result, 180 flights will be suspended and approximately 28 thousand passengers will suffer.
The reason for the strike is that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri established a committee in order to charge the IAA a property tax, a move promoted by the local municipalities. According to the IAA, it already pays the government half a billion shekels in annual taxes. In addition, the authority clarified that it doesn’t rely on the state’s budget, doesn’t receive services from the local municipalities and pays for the airport’s operations independently.
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“If this initiative goes through, the first to pay the price will be the thousands of employees who might lose their livelihood,” stated the chairman of the workers’ committee. “The heads of the local municipalities are forgetting that many of these workers are their residents.”