Cleaning companies unite on issue of contract workers

Negotiations continued between employers, the state and the Histadrut labor federation over the issue of contract workers.

By NADAV SHEMER
November 14, 2011 23:56
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Green cleaning 521. (photo credit: Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

 
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Cleaning companies wrapped up in the dispute over the employment status of contract workers will now have more muscle, after the two organizations representing them agreed to join forces.

The two groups, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, announced their union on Monday as negotiations continued between employers, the state and the Histadrut labor federation over the issue of contract workers.

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The Histadrut held a fourhour general strike last Monday over their demand that contract workers employed mainly in the fields of cleaning and maintenance be moved into direct employment.

The Histadrut and the Finance Ministry are due to update the National Labor Court on Thursday on the progress of their negotiations.

Chambers of commerce president Uriel Lynn applauded the unification of the two cleaning company representative bodies, saying: “The establishment of one organization is a necessity, given the threat hanging over these companies in the wake of the Histadrut’s demands.”

According to a report in Globes, the joint organization has already proposed tying the wages of contract workers to the average wage of directly employed personnel at their workplace. However, the organization proposed that the workplaces, rather than the cleaning companies themselves, foot the bill for this pay raise, the report said.

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