Israel Postal Company branch in Jerusalem 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
The Israel Postal Company’s labor union will halt mail delivery in Tel Aviv and the rest of the Center on Monday for the second time in recent weeks as part of continuing a labor dispute.
The workers, backed by the Histadrut Labor Federation, complain that a restructuring plan will fire as many as 2,000 workers, and say the company cut back hours ahead of the Passover holiday as well.
Union chairman Shimon Farjun accused management of sacrificing workers with a plan that would not save the financially strapped company.
“It’s sad to see that even in such a difficult time, when management should take responsibility for its actions, it is still trying to save its skin, even at the cost of destroying the company,” said Farjun.
A spokesman for the Israel Post pointed the finger at the workers, saying that they were damaging both the public and the organization itself by denying it profits during the strike.
“It seems that that the workers union has turned the damage to the customers, the workers, and management into a goal,” a spokesman said. “The company management is working, and will continue to work, to implement a recovery plan with the aim of putting the company on the path to growth.”
The union was forcefully stopping attempts to redistribute work hours between the postal distribution centers and the branch workers, the company said, thwarting attempts to help employees.
The union will reconvene on Monday to decide on whether to extend the labor sanctions.