Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Labor Union Wishes Well

The power of organized labor in Israel is considerably less than it used to be (and most workers, though not all, make a better living). Some unions however are still quite strong, and none other than the union of workers of the electricity company (a monopoly). Since they have the power to shut down the country, and in the past have demonstrated their willingness to use it, they are largely unbeatable and untouched. The rest of us pay the price.

So there's a new boss at the electricity company, and yesterday he announced a new efficiency plan. This morning the union published its initial reaction, before settling down to learn the details and formulate their response: "We wish the boss well, and hope he'll stay at his job long enough for us to negotiate this with him".

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