(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Histadrut Labor Federation on Tuesday threatened to declare a general labor
dispute next Tuesday, demanding that as many subcontractors as possible be moved
to direct employment under individual or collective agreements.
a most important struggle, maybe of historic proportions, on the path to
achieving real social justice,” Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini said. “This trend
toward subcontracting has become more and more common over the last few years,
and it must be curtailed.
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“There are many places, mainly in the public
sector, in which workers are employed on a contractual basis – not because of
economic reasons, but rather because it makes it easier to prevent them from
gaining their basic rights.”
Following publication of the Trajtenberg
Report on socioeconomic change, the Histadrut criticized its legitimization of
continued public-sector subcontracting.
An anticipated cabinet vote on
the Trajtenberg Report was postponed until next week after Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu failing to gain the backing of government ministers on
Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce president Uriel Lynn
accused Eini of seeking a new opportunity to enter center stage because of his
“deep personal frustration” at feeling left out of the summer-long protests for
“There are no problems with subcontractors today,” Lynn
said in a press release. “The law was arranged to enable their employment for
periods of up to nine months. Subcontractors are mainly workers such as students
who are interested in temporary employment. The Histadrut itself signed a
general collective agreement that deals with the work rights of
subcontractors.”Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.