Labor party leader Shelly Yacimovich congratulated the Histadrut Labor Federation on its achievements, following the end of the general strike Sunday, saying that working conditions have been improved for hundreds.
“It cannot be that the Histadrut is the only element fighting for the contract workers. The responsibility for stopping this cruel, ugly phenomenon is on the government and the Knesset’s shoulders,” Yacimovich said.The Labor leader blamed a “wild economic approach,” which she said takes advantage of the weak as much as possible.
“Until a social-democratic government is elected, contract work, one of the most serious problems in Israeli society, will not end,” Yacimovich added.
MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) said that the agreement is a small step in the larger battle against manpower companies, which he claimed take advantage of their workers.
He called for an increase in the enforcement of labor laws and added that government offices should only practice direct employment, as opposed to hiring contract workers.