Histadrut chair Ofer Eini at Labor Court_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
National Labor Court President Nili Arad will hold a closed-door meeting
Thursday on the Histadrut labor federation’s request to renew a general strike
over the employment status of contract workers.
Arad ordered the
Histadrut, Treasury, Union of Local Authorities and employers to continue
negotiations until Thursday. Her decision to hold the meeting came in response
to a submission from the Histadrut on Sunday.
The labor federation told
the court that more than one month of negotiations had failed to produce
It said Monday that wide gaps still existed between it and
Treasury, but added that an agreement had been reached on enforcement of labor
laws, and that they had an understanding on the need to increase the quantity of
The National Labor Court originally ordered the negotiations
after allowing the Histadrut to hold a four-hour strike on November 7.
Histadrut first threatened the strike after the October release of the
Trajtenberg Report on Socioeconomic Change – which it said legitimized continued
public sector contracting.
Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini has compared the
employment of contract workers to slavery, and accused the government of not
even knowing how many contract workers there are and how many it employs.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz has said cleaning and security contract
companies service the public sector in every developed economy, while business
groups have pointed out that Eini himself signed agreements in the past to allow
the use of contract