Postal Strike Settled, For Now

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Histadrut leader Avi Nissankoren, said the postal workers strike has been called off for 60 days. (Flash 90)
Histadrut leader Avi Nissankoren, said the postal workers strike has been called off for 60 days. (Flash 90)

Mail will be delivered again starting on Friday, bringing a three-day postal service strike to an end, the Histadrut announced on Thursday evening.

The Israel Postal Company and the union will enter 60 days of intensive negotiations to resolve outstanding issues. In the meantime, it was agreed that workers would have overtime hours restored, while they would lend 5 percent of their salaries toward the financial rescue of the company, according to media reports.

Israel Postal Company employees demonstrated at the government complex in Yerushalayim on Thursday.

Public statements from both sides prior to the announcement of the strike suspension and the 60-day negotiations period indicated how far apart they still are.

“We agreed to a joint recovery process, because it’s clear to all of us that the workers will also pay a price. But the unilateral plan to fire 2,000 employees without any job horizon or future is unacceptable. Management apparently has no interest in ending this crisis, and is frustrating every proposal to end it. It is continuing its unilateral measures, there are no real negotiations, and it is evading every process. It seems to me that management doesn’t care if the strike continues,” said Postal Company workers committee chairman Shimon Farjoon.

The Postal Company said, “Regrettably, the union is acting in utter bad faith and came to the meeting initiated by management in order to cause the talks to collapse.”