(photo credit: LAHAV HARKOV)
is no strike more justified than Monday's expected general strike concerning
the employment status of contract workers, Labor Party leader Shelly
Yacimovich said Friday morning in an interview with Israel Radio.
to Yacimovich, the issue of the contract workers is a moral one that is
growing progressively more despicable. She added that the state is the
primary criminal in this phenomenon; it is blind to the contract
workers' existence, although they make up a third of it's employees.
‘Social justice’ movement postpones nationwide strike
Association President Shraga Brosh, told Israel Radio that he mostly
agreed with Yacimovich. Brosh proposed a compromise that employees such
as full-time cleaners, be absorbed in the workplace, while employees
whose work requires expertise, such as retention and security sectors,
continue to be employed by a contractor.
The Histadrut labor federation has threatened to strike starting 6 a.m. on Monday, after it and the Finance Ministry failed to reach an agreement over the employment status of public-sector contract workers.
The strike would most likely affect airports, seaports, local authorities, government offices and other areas of the public sector, the Histadrut said on Thursday, adding that it intends to extend the strike to private businesses. It said full details would be released on Sunday.
“A strike is the last option, but we had no choice after the Treasury
announced yesterday [Wednesday] that it had no intention of moving
contract workers into direct employment, and thereby reducing this
shameful phenomenon that has taken root in Israeli society,” Histadrut
chairman Ofer Eini said in a statement.
“To my regret, the
Finance Ministry is blocking all possibility of arriving at an
agreement. The absorption of these workers into the public sector is
repulsive for them. It does not match their governing ideology. In their
eyes, absorbing contract workers is like bringing a pig into a
synagogue. It is akin to conversion,” Eini said.
Ministry did not issue a response by press time. But Treasury sources
said they hoped that the Histadrut’s decision to start the strike on
Monday would give the sides an opportunity from Friday to Sunday to
avert it by reaching a deal.