Workers at Israel Chemicals unit Dead Sea Works embarked on an allout strike Thursday after management did not respond to demands by the Histadrut labor federation and workers committee to remove the threat of layoffs for hundreds of employees. The strike is also in solidarity with 140 planned layoffs at sister ICL company Bromine Compounds, where strikes have been ongoing.
Previously, Israel Chemicals (ICL) announced plans to close its magnesium factory in 2017 – which employs 550 people, about 10% of the company's total work force – and explore plans to downsize its bromide plant, which employs another 1,200.
The company cited the possibility that "interim recommendations of the Sheshinski Committee will be adopted and enacted into legislation" as reasons for both.
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