Histadrut chair Ofer Eini at Labor Court_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Histadrut labor federation has not budged from the position it held at the
beginning of negotiations over the employment status of contract workers, the
Treasury said Wednesday.
The labor federation has repeatedly rejected
proposals from the state and employers, a statement said, and it is not really
interested in negotiations and that its real aim is to conduct a strike that
will hurt the economy and the general public.
The Histadrut has set
February 7 as the date on which it wants to begin a general strike. In its
submission to National Labor Court President Nili Arad on Tuesday, the labor
federation said it had ended negotiations with the Treasury over the latter’s
refusal to move contract workers into direct employment.
for the various sides, including Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini, Treasury Budgets
Director Gal Hershkovitz, and Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations
Chairman Shraga Brosh, met Monday night in an effort to break the
The Histadrut said prior to that meeting that it would be the
decisive moment in negotiations, but the Treasury said in its own submission to
Arad on Tuesday that the labor federation refused to discuss any matter apart
from the absorption of contract workers into direct employment.
first ordered the sides to conduct negotiations over the status of contract
workers after allowing the Histadrut to hold a four-hour strike November
The Histadrut began campaigning on the issue after the October release
of the Trajtenberg Report on Socioeconomic Change – which it said legitimized
continued public sector contracting.