TEL AVIV (Jan. 24)
The seamen’s union threatened yesterday to block the sale abroad of the government-owned passenger motorships Dan and Nili until all crew members are provided with other jobs. The union said that if the vessels are sold, the seamen will prevent their departure from Israeli waters.
The government announced recently that it was winding up the money-losing Zim Passenger Lines, a subsidiary of the Zim lines which has been operating the two former car ferries since 1967 between Israel and European Mediterranean ports. Zim sold off its other passenger ships several years ago.
In other labor-related news, an agreement for higher cost of living allowances was signed between Histadrut and the employers organization which includes government agencies. The COL rose by 14.8 percent and an average of IL 100 per month will be added to the pay checks of wage earners under the agreement.