Israel National Opera 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Histadrut labor federation told executives of the Israeli National Opera on
Tuesday that it will call for a partial work stoppage there over what it said
was management’s refusal to answer demands for collective bargaining and better
work conditions for employees.
In April, the Histadrut informed opera
head Hannah Monitz that it would be representing singers and other opera
workers, and asked to negotiate an agreement on work conditions and job security
based on collective bargaining.
In a letter sent to the opera this week,
the Histadrut’s legal department said it had never received an answer, adding
that if there is no response by this Thursday, a work stoppage would go into
Miriam Mondari, head of the National Opera workers’ committee,
said Tuesday that “all we want is to anchor our employment conditions under a
collective bargaining agreement. We do not want to get to a situation wherein we
are compelled to take organized steps.”
The workers have argued that they
are paid only per project, that their salaries do not reflect seniority, and
that they do not have job security and work under extremely difficult conditions
They also said they receive no compensation for travel, a
situation they called particularly difficult for those taking part in
performances at Masada, some two hours away from where the actors are hosted in