The Davar news website reports that last month the Regional Labour Court ordered Tel Aviv University to pay 150,000 shekels (€42,500) to the research laboratory workers’ union in compensation for obstructing its efforts to unionize. The Court said the university tried to fire the chair of the union and dock the salary of another union member. It ordered the university to rescind the dismissal of the union chair, Dr Moti Ronen, and bring him back to work under the same contractual agreements that preceded his dismissal. The university is also required to pay back in full the salary it docked
The national nurses' association is threatening strike action if the government doesn't agree to talks to address serious understaffing and low pay. The union says that there was already a shortfall of 1500 nurses before the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation has seriously deteriorated as the country has been hit by a second wave. Infection of health staff is increasing with around 1000 nurses now in quarantine while those at work are facing increasing workloads, long working houjs and greater stress. The government has promised some additional funding but the union wants to see urgent action
The Histadrut trade union organisation is planning to call a strike of teachers, government workers and health employees if the government goes ahead with a plan to cut pension payments. Hundreds of thousands of workers could be affected by the proposed cut of 1.259%. Histadrut has called for a six-month delay but this has not been granted and the union expects that the strike action will go ahead.
Workers across the public and private sectors took four hours of strike action on 17 December to call for government action to resolve a crisis that could lead to 1750 job losses at the TEVA pharmaceuticals multinational in Israel, part of a plan to cut 14000 jobs worldwide. The action was called by the Histadrut confederation which says that the company had benefited from favourable tax arrangements and that the government should intervene to protect the workers whose jobs are under threat.
(April 2017) Trade unions have negotiated a one-hour cut to the working week without loss of pay. The standard working week will now be 42 hours although there is a prospect for a further cut to 41.5 hours in upcoming negotiations in the public sector. The initiative recognises that standard working hours are longer than most countries and action is needed to improve work-life balance.
(May 2016) A new agreement covering the public sector provides a 7.5% pay increase for many workers but also higher increases of 10%-15% for some professions. An important element of the agreement is that it can be extended to private and non-profit organisations who provide services to the public sector. The agreement also includes provisions to ensure more full-time work for part-time workers who want it. Read more at Histadrut
The Histradut trade union has negotiated a significant agreement with the Ministry of Finance whereby around 50000 workers currently employed by contractors will be taken on as direct public employees. The workers affected include cleaners, security staff, nurses, social workers and lawyers employed across different institutions such as schools, hospitals, employment services and immigration centres. This reflects further progress in Histradut's [campaign->http://www.epsu.org/r/607] to improve the rights of contract workers. [Read more at > Histradut (EN)->http://www.histadrut.org.il/index.php
A new report from the National Insurance Institute reveals that between 10% and 12% of all workers are paid below the minimum wage. The report says that women and migrant workers are particularly affected and that although employers in the agricultural sector are the worst offenders, care workers, cleaners and catering workers are also among the occupations most likely to lose out. The Institute says that the government is appointing more officials to monitor and investigate infringements. Read more at > Jerusalem Post
The Histradrut trade union confederation has won a significant victory in the labour court over the freedom to organise. The case involved trade union recruitment and organising at the Pelephone telecoms company and the court ruled that the employer should not monitor workers or intervene in the process of trade union organisation. Read more at > PSI
In February the Histradrut signed a national agreement covering contract workers in the private and public sectors. Essentially contract workers, such as cleaners and security staff working on public sector contracts, will now benefit from the pay increases applied in the public sector and a range of other provisions such as pensions, a study fund, meal allowances and convalescence plans. The agreement will result in around 1000 contract workers being taken on directly by public sector employers and in future there will be close monitoring of the pay and conditions of contract staff who work
On 8 February the Histradut trade union confederation organised a nationwide strike over the government’s use of subcontracted workers in different sectors. Unions have been calling for better pay and conditions and full employment rights for around 400000 subcontractors’ employees. While the government has indicated it will improve pay and conditions it has not agreed on full employment rights. Read more at > CNN news website (EN)