Postal strike postponed but sanctions continue

The Israel Postal Company workers union decided at the last moment to postpone a general strike planned for Thursday morning after the government decided to delay the July 1 new rate schedule for bulk mailings. Nevertheless, sanctions continue, with mail delivery slowed, post offices closing at 3 p.m. and postal clerks refusing to accept payments to the government, register vehicle ownership or dispatch diplomatic mail. Matriculation exams that are stored in Postal Company facilities are being distributed, as are National Insurance Institute allotments.