The Ministry of Finance and energy have issued a joint statement calling on employees of the electricity company «Hevrat Hashmal» to immediately stop the strike sanctions without any conditions. «The state does not intend to freeze the reform of the energy sector of Israel and urges strikers to return to work», — said in a statement.
During the meeting on Monday, July 10, meeting of the County court of labour conflict in Haifa the representatives of the state Prosecutor’s office announced that the state demands the immediate cessation of the strike sanctions, without any conditions and without interrupting the preparation for the reform of the electricity market in the country. This position is based on the arguments detailed in the lawsuit against the labour court filed by the government attorney’s office was in the high court.
In the joint statement of the ministries of Finance and energy also stresses that there is no need in the meeting of Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and energy Minister Yuval Steinitz with representatives of the trade Union of employees of «Hevrat Hashmal», because at the moment no issues that require the intervention of Ministers. It is noted that the General Directors of both ministries from the beginning of the strike sanctions have already conducted several meetings with the President of the Israeli national Association of trade unions («Histadrut») and a working Committee of the Electric company.
«Declared a few weeks ago, working Committee «Hevrat Hashmal» strike causes substantial material damage to the Electric company, private industries, and thousands of suppliers, it said in a statement. — The strike is carried out with the connivance of the Israeli national and District labour court for the proposition that employees have the right to strike against the government’s program for increasing competition in the industry of energy supply».
The statement stressed that we are talking about the employees of a monopoly, protesting against the creation of competition, which benefits all electricity consumers in Israel. «Employees of Electrical companies receive high salaries, budget considerable pension, and numerous benefits, remind the representatives of the ministries of Finance and energy. — Not just «Hevrat Hashmal» for many years occupied top ranks in the level of wages in the country. States taking steps carried out in full accordance with the law and do not worsen working conditions of workers Electric company.»