WebRTC Solutions Industry News

TMCNet:  Pelephone tows away striking workers' cars

[December 12, 2012]

Pelephone tows away striking workers' cars

Dec 12, 2012 (Globes - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The labor dispute at Pelephone Communications Ltd. has escalated. Last night, employees participating in the strike, which was launched yesterday, discovered that their company cars had been removed from their homes by company representatives who had duplicate keys, or were towed. In some cases, the cars had child seats, baby carriages, and other personal items, such as checkbooks, inside.

Pelephone's management took the step after notifying employees during the afternoon that they had until 5 pm to return their company cars, if they intended to continue the strike. The workers committee and the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) instructed the employees not to obey, and they received no further warning about the company's intention of taking the cars, including the personal items in them.

"CEO Gil Sharon has gone insane," an employee told "Globes". "He stole my car with a baby seat and baby carriage." A labor relations expert told "Globes" that while the step was legal, it was "far-reaching and unreasonable." During a speech at the "Globes" 2012 Israel Business Conference last night, Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini said that he instructed the chairman of the Trade Unions Division to provide Pelephone workers committee members alternative cars to replace the company cars taken, and to provide additional work cars to help the strikers. He said that the Histadrut would provide full support for Pelephone's employees until a collective agreement was signed. He reiterated his call to Shaul Elovich, who controls Pelephone through Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Co. Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ) to enter into talks.

Pelephone said in response, "Yesterday afternoon, striking employees were notified by SMS and e-mail that if they continued to strike, they must return the company cars in their possession by 5 pm. During a strike, the labor agreement is suspended, and the company car is returned to the employer for use by non-striking employees. Yesterday evening, the cars of eight striking employees who had not returned their cars were collected, and they were properly notified of this." (The notice was sent after the car was taken -- S.N.) The strike intensifies Meanwhile, the strike launched yesterday by Pelephone's engineering and IT divisions and headquarters staff was expanded today to service centers in Jerusalem and Beersheva. Employees reported high response to the strike and distributed pictures showing empty service centers.

Management had already announced that the service centers were working normally and that the company's customers would not be affected.

___ (c)2012 the Globes (Tel Aviv, Israel) Visit the Globes (Tel Aviv, Israel) at www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/nodeview.asp fid=942 Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To WebRTC Solutions's Homepage ]


Featured Podcasts

Delivering First Class Communications With WebRTC

This webcast captures a recent discussion about WebRTC between Jim Donovan, Director of Product Management at Oracle and Larry Hettick, Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow at Webtorials. The topics cover WebRTC reliability, interoperability, and security--looking at how Oracle addresses these issues.

Oracle in Enterprise Communications

Most in the industry have heard of the acquisition of Acme Packet by Oracle. What you may not know is that Oracle has a number of telecommunications products including a UC suite, WebRTC Session Controller, and Operations monitoring tools. Oracle is pursuing both the enterprise and service provider.

Featured Whitepapers

ConnectCare & Unified Contact Manager

SPAN's ConnectCare is a WebRTC-based telemedicine app, which allows consumers to easily and instantly avail clinical healthcare from the providers, regardless of their location. This app is extremely useful to healthcare providers, patients and their caregivers alike.

WebRTC Security Concerns

This whitepaper covers two of the most relevant topics in communications industry today: WebRTC and security. We will introduce the problem of security in WebRTC including those traditional VoIP attacks that are going to be present in WebRTC services. Later we will mention ad-hoc WebRTC attacks and protection mechanisms, to close with an overview of identity management solutions.

Migrating Real Time Communications Services to the Web

In the Internet age, businesses that own fixed and mobile communication networks, including traditional Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all kinds, are being challenged with some tough questions: How do we stay relevant to our customers?

Delivering Enterprise-Class Communications with WebRTC

WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for enabling Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities. It enables enterprises to enhance Web sites, empower BYOD users, and improve video collaboration and on-line meetings, to name but a few examples.

WebRTC Report Extract Reprint

This document examines the growing important of WebRTC, both generally and for telecom service providers. It considers the expanding range of use-cases, the multiple layers of interoperability likely to be desired by telcos, and some implications in terms of network integration and mobility.


Robust Enterprise Grade WebRTC Systems and Services

The emerging WebRTC standard has become one of the industry's hottest topics – and with good reason. Being able to "communications enable the web" has Communications Service Providers as well as Enterprises busily making plans for deployment. But, as these plans unfold, reality is starting to intrude on those plans. Our expectations of telephony services are much higher than web browsing. We expect the phone to connect instantly, operate with minimal disruption, and work seamless across any network, anywhere, at any time. There is also an understanding that phone service is inherently secure. With WebRTC, the expectation is for these applications to behave in the same manner.

This session looks at the user experience and expectations of a WebRTC Enterprise service. It will also cover how a WebRTC enterprise handles security, reliability, and interoperability within browsers and networks.


The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to offer WebRTC services – from virtually any device, across virtually any network – with carrier-grade reliability and security.

Sales Presentation: Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller

- WebRTC Market and Opportunities
- WebRTC Challenges
- Oracle Communication WebRTC Session   Controller
- Summary


Communication Service Provider (CSP) voice service revenues continue to face pressure due to shifts in communication preferences and competition from non-traditional service providers. Voice communications are now often embedded into applications outside the domain of traditional telephony voice usage. CSPs have been challenged to effectively leverage and monetize new web-oriented communications technologies.