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    Israel Pension Strike Grounds Planes


    by NTDTelevision

    Grounds crews begin a pension strike at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, grounding flights and leaving passengers without their luggage. The strike comes in amidst the busy Rosh Hashanah celebrations and family preparations to mark Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Tens of thousands of passengers are affected by the strike.

    Ground staff at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport begin an indefinite strike.

    All outgoing flights have been initially stopped as employees cease work.

    The stoppage by Israeli Airports Authority workers in support of pension demands comes during one of the country's busiest holiday periods.

    One passenger describes the strike's effect on air travellers.

    [Noam Saban, Airline Passenger]:
    "There are no suitcases. There are more than 7,000 people there waiting for their suitcases and don't know what to do. Now I'll have to go to Beer sheba and all the way back here only for a suitcase. I don't like this whole thing."

    Another passenger is displeased with the impression the strike could leave on tourists.

    [Abi Ebenstein, Airline Passenger]:
    "I think there is a real problem here, that everything is an argument in this country, it's got to have a little more organizational structure. I don't think it's a good impression to leave tourists with, when they show up off the plane and their baggage does not show up."

    The Transport Ministry, Finance Ministry, airport officials, and the union are in talks over the workers' pension demands.