Green cleaning 521.
(photo credit: Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)
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
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.
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
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.