The Histadrut on Monday threatened to "shut down the south" in a growing strike protesting plans to lay off 140 workers at its Bromine Compounds factory.
"We will shut down city by city in the South, every day another city, until the issue is resolved," said Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn at an ICL demonstration Monday, flanked by Dimona Mayor Benny Biton and Arad Mayor Tali Ploskov. "Employment in the south and its rescue is no less important a topic than any on the agenda," he added.
ICL says that plant is unprofitable, and without reforms that include some layoffs, it will not be able to keep it open and guarantee the jobs of its hundreds of other workers. The plant lost NIS 160m in 2014 and NIS 1.5 billion in recent years despite massive investments, the company said.