Israel Strike Hits Airports But Action Limited

November 7, 2011

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Israel's main union ended a brief strike that closed major sectors of the economy including airports on Monday, following a court injunction that limited the action to just four hours.

The Histadrut Labour Federation, the umbrella body for hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, was looking to strike for as long as it took to reach an agreement with the government over the status of contract workers.

The union had threatened to shut Israel's airports, ports, banks and the stock market indefinitely, but accepted the court decision and limited the strike to Monday morning.

Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport was closed for two hours and about a dozen flights were delayed or cancelled. An airports authority spokesman said operations were swiftly returning to normal.