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Government approves order preventing Dimona nuclear scientists’ strike

The cabinet approves an emergency ordinance allowing the government to end an ongoing strike by scientists at the top secret Dimona nuclear reactor.

During the strike, which began in February amid negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, scientists have held up development plans, refused to grant safety licenses and have even ceased operating an essential piece of machinery.

This photo taken on September 8, 2002, shows a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Negev desert. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
This photo taken on September 8, 2002, shows a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Negev desert. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

The ordinance includes an injunction authorizing the head of the Atomic Energy Commission and site managers to order their employees to continue essential work despite the strike in order to serve “the state’s essential interests.”

Employees who refuse could be fired. Others could have their salaries cut and would be forbidden from quitting while the injunction is in effect.

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