Labor Strikes Affect Taxes, Tourism, More

Histadrut labor union expanding sanctions in solidarity with Israel Post employees.

Gil Cohen-Magen

The Histadrut Labor Federation is yet again expanding sanctions in identification with striking Israel Post employees.

Tax Authority offices that handle land taxes will be closed to the public on Thursday, and won’t enable people to register land sales or purchases. Employees will not be answering the phones.

Labor sanctions at the Tourism Ministry will continue, as workers block plans for structural reform within the ministry.

Postal workers will also be continuing with sanctions – registered mail will not be delivered, and people will not be able to transfer car registration at Post Office Bank branches or at offices of the Transportation Ministry.

In addition, government offices will not be receiving mail, and diplomatic mail will not be delivered to embassies or foreign consulates in Israel.

Post office branches also will not be accepting payment of fines to courts, the police or local authorities.

In addition, the Histadrut intends to hold protests in support of the postal workers at the entrances to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Be’er Sheva.

Postal worker employees are protesting a reform at the nearly-bankrupt mail service that would include layoffs. Originally the plan had been to lay off 1,500 workers, but that number has been cut to 1,200, and they will be let go gradually and receive severance packages beyond the amounts that are mandated by law.

Representatives from the postal employees, the Histadrut and the Finance Ministry have so far failed to reach a compromise that would bring an end to the labor sanctions.