Nurses protest at Haifa University 370.
(photo credit: Hadar Zevulun)
Nearly half a million working days (462,960) were lost to strikes in 2012,
according to an Economy and Trade Ministry report released Sunday, the vast
majority of which came from the public sector.
Overall, the public sector
accounted for 79 percent of the strikes, 98% of the of the strikers and 98% of
the workdays lost.
“This year, the general strike declared by the
Histadrut [labor federation] over improving the standing of the contract
workers’ conditions stood out,” said Shlomo Yitzhaki, chief of labor relations
at the ministry. The same issue led to strikes in 2011, a year that saw further
days lost to a nurses’ strike in hospitals and general strikes, he
A total of 168,950 workers took part in 24 strikes in 2012, a drop
from the 290,800 participants in the 27 strikes in 2011. Some 90,000 more days
were lost to strikes in 2011.
“There was a slight moderation in the
number of full strikes in the economy in 2012 in comparison with 2011,” Yitzhaki
said. Despite the decrease, the raw numbers indicate a stable high level of work
days lost to strikes, he said. More than half the strikes (54%) were over wage
demands, while other areas such as outsourcing (13%) and dismissals (8%) took
significantly less attention.
While most of the strikes (71%) lasted just
one day, 13% went from three to nine days, 8% extended nine to 14 days and
another 8% stretched between 14 to 28 days.