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Postal Workers End 3 Day Strike

Israeli postal workers ended a three day strike this afternoon after Minister of Transportation and Communications Meir Amit threatened to permit private companies to take over mail services. The strike paralyzed mail deliveries and also affected telephone and other electronic communications.

The employes agreed to a proposal by the chief labor court judge to allow an independent expert study their wage claims. They are demanding 40 per cent increase in accordance with an agreement worked out by Likud MK Meir Cohen who had been assigned to arbitrate the dispute. But Cohen’s decision was vaguely worded and confused the postal employes. It proposed that the increase be given only to “postal workers whose duties are identical to those carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority.” No logical link between the two services was discemable. Attomey General Aharon Barak subsequently removed Cohen as arbitrator.