Israeli Airport Strike Affects 30,000 Passengers

13 September 2010 (Last Updated September 13th, 2010 18:30)

A strike called by workers at the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel on 13 September forced the cancellation of outgoing flights and stranded 30,000 passengers before being called off after nine hours. The strike was called by airport workers who feared the government would use

A strike called by workers at the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel on 13 September forced the cancellation of outgoing flights and stranded 30,000 passengers before being called off after nine hours.

The strike was called by airport workers who feared the government would use their pension fund to pay debts, according to Business week.

During the strike, flights that were scheduled to fly to Uman in Ukraine to bring back Breslav Hassidim pilgrims were allowed to depart.

Airport authority spokeswoman Ma'ayan Malkin said aircraft en route to Israel were allowed to land at the terminal, but luggage was not unloaded.

The strike was called off following an agreement between the worker's union and Israel's ministries of finance and transportation to secure employee pensions.