Sanctions continue as Postal officials agree to talk

Union chief Reuven Karazi said Wednesday that he wants to see the government decision in writing and will have to consult his colleagues before deciding whether to cancel the sanctions.

By JUDY SIEGEL
April 12, 2007 07:05
1 minute read.
postal sanctions 88 298

postal sanctions 88 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A joint team of Finance Ministry, Communications Ministry and Israel Postal Company officials will meet soon to discuss the future of the government company after its 7,000 workers applied sanctions to protest the government's decision not to lower the rates of bulk mail, which would allow the company to be competitive with private businesses that will be able to deliver such mail beginning this summer. The workers' union has not yet decided whether to cut short the sanctions, which have closed large postal branches at 3:30 p.m. and smaller ones at 1:30 p.m. and halted the delivery of all diplomatic mail. Union chief Reuven Karazi said Wednesday that he wants to see the government decision in writing and will have to consult his colleagues before deciding whether to cancel the sanctions. The Israel Postal Company's management welcomed the decision by Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson, Communications Minister Ariel Attias, Postal Company Chairman Ya'acov Edri and Postal Company Director-General Avi Hochman to hold discussions on the company's future and how it will compete with the private sector when its monopoly status relating to certain services comes to an end. The Postal Company complains that not only is it bound to provide universal postal services throughout the country, but that the government controls its rates schedule and development plans too rigidly. Hirchson said he wanted to receive all the relevant information "as a package" so he and colleagues in the two ministries could present an equitable rates schedule and terms for the company's new license. New rates are due to come into effect in July. Hochman said that the company has invested much effort in building a business plan that would ensure a balanced budget and its long-term financial strength.

Related Content

The Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
April 30, 2015
Teva doubles down on Mylan, despite rejection

By GLOBES, NIV ELIS