Train service was shut down nationwide yesterday when railroad workers called a wildcat strike after 10 of their colleagues, including the railway union’s top officials, were arrested during a demonstration Wednesday evening that turned violent.
Service was halted at midnight and resumed only at 2 P.M. yesterday. The effects were particularly severe because Thursday, the last day of the work week, is a very heavy travel day.
To ease the plight of stranded travelers, the Transportation Ministry activated an emergency plan under which 120 additional buses were deployed on routes normally served by the train. The buses were taken from private companies and the public bus cooperatives’ reserves, at a cost of about NIS 500,000 a day. Read more