The state-owned Israel Postal Company has declared a strike for Tuesday, escalating a battle with management over its decision to fire 2,000 workers in a restructuring plan, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The announcement comes following a refusal to deliver mail in Tel Aviv and the central region on Monday.
Postal Union chairman Shimon Farjun accused the Postal Company CEO of “personally persecuting” union members and taking “unilateral” decisions to cut back on the work force to pay for managerial failures.
“You completely neglected the professional workers in the company, and in the first quarter of 2014 alone we are millions of shekels short of the targets you set,” Farjun wrote the CEO in a letter. “You are asking even these losses to be covered through cuts to company workers’ salaries.”
The Postal Company countered that the layoffs were unavoidable in view of the company’s financial situation.
“The workers’ union refuses to internalize this fact, and to adjust itself to the challenges the company faces in the new world, in which the amount of mail sent decreases significantly from year to year,” an Israel Post spokesman said.
The recovery plan, the company asserted, was the only way to rescue the livelihoods of the 7,000 workers who would remain employed under the restructuring plan.