Egged has fired 27 Arab drivers, residents of the eastern capital who incited other drivers to launch as strike following the death of the Arab bus driver found dead in a company parking lot. The autopsy showed conclusively the driver hanged himself and he was not the victim of terrorism as the PA (Palestinian Authority) media alleged.
Egged supervisor for the chareidi community Oren Rom told Kikar Shabbos that those Arab drivers who were working to inflame the situation, launch strikes and capitalize on the so-called murder of the Arab bus driver were dismissed by the company. In fact there have been delays in bus service in the capital following the suicide as a result of Arab drivers striking service.
Rom added that Egged has decided to replace the Arab drivers with chareidi bus drivers, adding there are now 50 chareidim beginning the bus driver’s course. Rom adds that in all likelihood, additional Arab drivers will be fired by management in the near future due to the strikes that launched following the suicide of the driver.
The pressure to act against Egged was due in no small measure to the letters sent to the company’s highest management by chareidi Jerusalem city councilmen. Deputy Mayor Rav Yitzchak Pindrus is now demanding the Egged release the names of the 27 to make sure they are not hired privately by bus companies transporting children back and forth to schools. Pindrus feels they should be banned from working in the public sector for good for “We may not give work to terrorist drivers” he concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)