Israel's Postal Strike Expands to Courthouses, Border Crossings

Three-week-old labor dispute remains unresolved, with employees objecting to recovery plan that involves layoffs.

Haim Bior
Haim Bior
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Israel Post workers protesting outside the Finance Ministry offices, September 9, 2014.
Israel Post workers protesting outside the Finance Ministry offices, September 9, 2014.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen
Haim Bior
Haim Bior

Labor sanctions in support of striking Israel Post employees are expected to spread on Sunday. Postal service and Histadrut labor federation representatives are also scheduled to renew negotiations with the Finance Ministry, in an attempt to draft an agreed-on recovery plan for the nearly bankrupt mail service.

Courthouses are expected to be closed to the public, although court hearings will be held as scheduled.

Also, tax and customs officials at the border crossings with Jordan and Egypt will not be letting goods in and out of Israel, starting at 8 A.M.

Meanwhile, labor sanctions are ongoing at Health Ministry facilities, where employees are not offering public services and are not providing oversight for imported food and medication.

The Tax Authority has also been subject to sanctions. In addition, workers at the postal service and Transportation Ministry are not enabling members of the public to transfer car ownership, and post offices are not accepting payment of fines on behalf of the courts, the police or municipalities.

The postal service employees have been striking for three weeks now.

Two weeks ago, the Histadrut expanded the campaign to include employees at government ministries. Labor sanctions included shutting Ben-Gurion International Airport for three hours last week.

The postal service is in dire financial straits, and is expected to be out of cash within six months. Employees object to a recovery plan that includes layoffs.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid met with Histadrut chairman Avi Nissenkorn and a host of other players on Thursday night, in an attempt to resolve the conflict.

The parties discussed recovery plans for the postal service.

At the meeting were Government Companies Authority head Uri Yogev, as well as the public sector union chairman and the head of the postal service union.

Nissenkorn objected to a layoff plan that includes 1,500 employees with more than five years’ seniority. He argued that these employees would be replaced with workers from contracting companies and weaker workers.

The parties did not find a solution to the crisis.

For Nissenkorn, the issue is a matter of principle, representing the Histadrut’s fight against subcontracted employees.

While he has threatened to turn the matter into a nationwide strike, sources speculate that he is actually likely to scale back the labor sanctions by the Rosh Hashanah holiday later this week, in order to minimize public anger.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott