Striking Pelephone workers blockade repair center
The dispute comes over Pelephone’s refusal to recognize the unionization efforts of its workers.
Apple's iPhone 5 Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
Some 200 striking workers from mobile provider Pelephone blocked its logistical
center in Airport City Wednesday morning, preventing the division from fixing
telephone handsets and sending new merchandise to centers around the
The company’s computer software programmers joined their
striking coworkers from the customer service, engineering and IT divisions on
the 26th day of the strike over a labor dispute, according to the Histadrut
The dispute comes over Pelephone’s refusal to recognize
the unionization efforts of its workers, who it says failed to obtain the
legally required participation of one-third of the company.
workers also disrupted customers’ abilities to call abroad, Army Radio reported
“This is a first step,” Itamar Avitan, a representative from
the workers committee, told Army Radio. “The workers will escalate the steps
each day and will add additional organizational measures as needed.” Upset
customers, he said, “should refer to the company’s management, which preventing
the workers from unionizing.”
The workers committee was expected to meet
Wednesday night to consider its next move.