Court Issues Temporary Order Halting Postal Layoffs

Management barred from carrying out plan to lay off 100 temporary workers, cut overtime pay.

A labor court judge in Haifa has issued a temporary restraining order against the Israeli postal company barring management, for the time being at least, from carrying out its plan to lay off 100 temporary workers, cut overtime pay to other staff and provide summer jobs to employees’ children.

Judge Dalit Guilah issued the order at the request of the postal workers’ committee, which claims that management violated its collective labor agreement by not negotiating the moves with employee representatives.

The proposed economic measures at the cash-strapped government company are slated to save 53 million shekels ($15 million).

The postal company’s board has demanded cost cuts and has not yet approved the corporation’s 2014 budget.

Tomer Appelbaum