Employees of the Welfare and Social Services Ministry announced they intend to go on a one day strike Wednesday. The strike is intended to serve as a "warning" to the ministry in light of what workers are calling "one sided changes" being implemented by the administration.
Furthermore, according to the Association of Social Workers, the decision to strike was further enforced by the ministry decision to suspend six social workers who, according to the association, met with the Histadrut regarding a labor dispute.
“The Welfare Ministry is harming the legitimate rights of every employee to exercise the right to unionize. The ministry's management is operating in an offensive and vindictive manner and is trying to impose its authority and uproot experienced and dedicated professionals through intimidation and persecution,” said Head of the Association of Social Workers, Safra Dweck.
Yossi Silman, director-general of the ministry said in response: “I wonder what are the real reasons behind the strike declaration, furthermore, I am concerned with the ease in which the worker's association can disable the ministry with 3,000 workers and cause damage to the disadvantaged populations in Israel and I regret that nobody is asking why?”