Labor strike picket signs 311.
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The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce said Wednesday it will turn to
the National Labor Court if the Histadrut Labor Federation goes ahead with what
the FICC termed a “politically motivated” strike.
“We will turn
immediately to the National Labor Court to prevent this unnecessary strike,
which has come straight out of [Histadrut chairman Ofer] Eini’s classroom and is
likely to cause suffering for hundreds of thousands of citizens,” FICC president
Uriel Lynn said.
On Tuesday, Eini threatened to declare a general labor
dispute next week, demanding that as many subcontractors as possible be moved to
direct employment under individual or collective agreements. The Trajtenberg
Report on socioeconomic change, which is expected to be put to a government vote
next week, has been criticized by the Histadrut for legitimizing continued
The FICC released a statement from its
legal adviser, Shlomi Levia, who accused the Histadrut of threatening a
“political strike,” which he said is illegal under labor laws.
that is directed against the government and whose aim is not the defense of
workers’ rights is a political strike. This is not recognized by Israeli law as
a legitimate professional struggle and is forbidden,” Levia wrote, citing
precedents in which the court had ruled a similar Histadrut strike was
“Only the state has the right to decide which employment
structure suits it, and this includes use of subcontractors,” he wrote. “The
state, in contrast to the Histadrut, has budgetary responsibility and limited
resources and is allowed to manage its employment structure as it sees fit.”