Israel: postal strike expands to Tel Aviv

Workers from the Israel Postal Service will expand a strike covering the country’s periphery to include Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning from 8:00-11:00, as negotiations between management and workers collapsed.

The latest issue is anger at the Finance Ministry for refusing to absorb 1,500 workers who have worked for five years or more on a temporary basis. The union accuses the ministry of trying to oust permanent workers and hire the temporary ones for lower wages.

“The Treasury is determined to fire thousands of workers and hires contractors in their places, who can be easily fired and paid the minimum wage,” said Postal Union chairman Shimon Farjun.

Read more: Post service expands strike to Tel Aviv, company’s future unclear.