Postal Sanctions to Ease Until Sunday

Sanctions undertaken by postal service workers over the past weeks eased as of yesterday, at least for a few days, following a hearing before the Tel Aviv District Labor Court.

Israel Postal Company management requested the court to issue an injunction to cease sanctions, saying the strike is a political move against the government, not a labor dispute. Judge Yitzhak Lubotzky, who heard the case, proposed sanctions be suspended for 21 days to allow for negotiations. The state asked to respond by Sunday, when the court will reconvene. Postal service workers responded sanctions would be partially suspended through Sunday. Although mail will be distributed to 1,200 rural settlements, other sanctions will remain in place, including processing of income tax, VAT and National Insurance Institute payments.

The cause of the dispute is the government's new fees policy, which postal employees claim does not allow the Postal Company to compete with private companies.