The Histadrut Labor Federation and management of the Pelephone cellular telephone service announced, Sunday evening, that a company check of registration forms show the one-third of employees required by law want to be represented, that the company recognized the Histadrut as the representative body and an immediate stop was ordered to the weeks-old strike by about 800 employees. The strikers will return to work, Monday morning, and the sides will now start negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement.
Histadrut Chairman Ofir Eini called on all workers in the state to follow in the footsteps of the Pelephone workers and continue in the momentum of organizing. Chairman Barak Levi of the Pelephone workers' committee said the members of the committee will see to it that people step into line and "continue to ensure the success of Pelephone as the number one cellular company in Israel." Chairman Avi Nissenkorn of the Histadrut's professional-union branch noted that this was the first such recognition in the cellular industry in Israel and expressed hope that other cellular companies would follow suit.