Ofer Eini 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The Histadrut labor federation launched a fresh bid on Sunday to hold a general
strike over the employment status of contract workers, telling the National
Labor Court that negotiations between it and the Treasury had reached a dead
Histadrut's request to strike refused
Following a meeting between National Labor Court president Judge
Nili Arad and representatives of the Histadrut, Treasury, Federation of Israeli
Economic Organizations and Union of Local Authorities to assess the labor
federation’s request, the court decided to schedule a hearing on January 8,
2012, over the Histadrut’s request to strike. In the meantime, Judge Arad asked
the parties to file their written arguments to the court.
meeting, which took place in Arad’s chambers, the Histadrut told the National
Labor Court that there was “no other option than organized means” to end the
“We have arrived at the moment of decision,” Histadrut chairman
Ofer Eini said in a statement sent to the press earlier on Sunday.
said two weeks ago that only under threat of strike would negotiations progress…
Without the threat of a strike, the Finance Ministry and employers can drag
these negotiations out for a long time.”
The National Labor Court first
ordered the sides to conduct negotiations over the status of contract workers
after allowing the Histadrut to hold a four-hour strike on November 7. The
Histadrut threatened the strike after the October release of the Trajtenberg
Report on Socioeconomic Change, which it said legitimized continued
The Histadrut is demanding that the number of
contract workers be reduced by moving some of them to direct
The Treasury has offered to improve the labor conditions of
contract workers, but rejects discontinuing the use of cleaning and security
contract companies altogether.