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Iai Workers Threaten Action

Employes of Israel Aircraft industries (IAI), acknowledging that they cannot reverse the government’s decision to cancel the Lavi fighterplane project, are threatening to shut down the plant if management goes ahead with plans to dismiss 3,000 of them.

The IAI management is now preparing lists of workers to be laid off. Most will be able to find jobs elsewhere, but not in the center of the country and at lower wages. The IAI workers council held a stormy meeting this week. They demanded that management cease compiling its list of dismissals. Management blamed the government for the situation. The Cabinet decided to abandon the Lavi because of its excessive costs.