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Pelephone Staff Strike Over Union Recognition

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Israel's mobile phone industry has been hit by its first ever strike as hundreds of Pelephone staff walked out in protest over the company's refusal to recognise a trade union.

The strike was called two weeks ago by the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) in a dispute involving the company's engineering and IT divisions, and headquarters staff. They have threatened to intensify their strike action to include call centre staff if the company continues to refuse to recognise the union.

The company says that an insufficient number of employers have registered with the union for it to be mandatory that the company recognise the union.

Relations between the two sides have hardened after the union accused the management of encouraging a number of staff to hold a counter-demonstration outside its headoffice.

The mobile network said that its services have not been affected by the strike.

Around 400 staff are on strike according to local media reports.

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