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Border clerks announce strike that could stall arrivals at Ben Gurion overnight

Some 300 staff plan to halt passport control and COVID-19 test validation activities from 10 p.m Monday until 6 a.m Tuesday

An airplane takes off at Ben Gurion International Airport, on May 7, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)
An airplane takes off at Ben Gurion International Airport, on May 7, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)

Staff at Israel’s main international airport plans a strike overnight Monday, because of a workplace dispute with senior management.

Some 300 employees at the customs of Ben Gurion Airport will strike from 10 p.m on Monday until Tuesday at 6 a.m, the Ynet news site reported.

The strike comes following a work dispute regarding a number of issues that, according to the organizers, have caused harm to employees, the report said.

Travelers arriving Monday evening and overnight will have to wait until Tuesday morning to pass through passport control and receive validation of COVID-19 tests, in order to enter the country, if the strikes goes ahead.

It was unclear if departures would be affected by the planned strike.

Staff at the airport have frequently announced surprise strikes in recent years, causing delays at Israel’s main flight hub.

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