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Travel suspended from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport as unions strike

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

A tourists waits for a flight during a partial strike at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel onFeb. 8. Israel's labor federation has launched a nationwide strike for the first time in five years, shutting down national and local government offices, banks, the stock exchange, rail service and seaports.Union leaders are protesting the widespread use of contract workers who earn less and do not enjoy the same benefits as workers who are directly employed.

Oliver Weiken / EPA

A lone traveller sits in the usually busy departure hall of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, on Feb. 8. Israel's federation of trade unions declared a general strike demanding better conditions for contract workers with poor job security. Government offices, city councils, trains, banks, post offices and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange came to a standstill. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv also shut down. A court order however limited the strike there until midday.

Nir Elias / Reuters

People wait at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv during a strike on Feb. 8. Israel's main labour union declared a strike on Wednesday that shut airports, ports, banks and the stock market after talks with the government failed to produce an agreement on the status of workers employed through labour contractors.