Court orders postal agents back to work

Tel Aviv District Court president Judge Yehuda Zaft rejected Thursday the striking postal agents' request to cancel a temporary restraining order against them. The judge said that the postal contractors, who are not Israel Postal Company employees, must return to work immediately and return mail, cash and equipment that they had taken to protest against what they called the "unfair" cancellation of contracts in Bnei Brak and Tel Aviv. If the postal agency owners do not heed the order, they will be found in contempt, the judge stated. Of 400 postal agencies, 87 are not supplying services to the public.