Histadrut chair Ofer Eini at Labor Court_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Histadrut today announced that if there was no breakthrough in Wednesday’s
meeting with the Ministry of Finance over contract workers, it will on Monday
ask National Labor Court President Nili Arad for permission to renew its general
Attending the meeting were Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini, Budget
Director Gal Hershkowitz, and Economic Organization Liaison Bureau chairman
Arad had ordered the parties back to the negotiating table
until the end of January, and to periodically update her on the talks’
The Histadrut contends there has been a retreat in the talks
due to the lack of a practical threat of a new strike.
“I hope that on
Monday there will be movement in the positions of the Finance Ministry and
employers, so that we can begin formulating a position and see the start of
direct employment of contract workers. If that does not happen, there will be no
choice but to ask to renew the strike,” said Eini. “I hope that this time, the
court will understand the need for the strike threat to achieve a
The Histadrut declared a labor dispute on the issue of
contract workers in early October. It is demanding minimizing the use of
contract workers through their direct employment at their place of work. The
negotiations with the Finance Ministry have been deadlocked since early
The Histadrut launched a general public sector strike, but the
Labor Court restricted it to just four hours.
The court has rejected the
Histadrut’s repeated petitions to renew the strike to pressure the Finance
Ministry and employers.