Gov't okays better conditions for contract workers

Minimum wage for contract workers will increase to NIS 4,500 immediately, with retroactive pay from May 2012.

workers 311 (photo credit: Israel Weiss (weisssi@bezeqint.net) http://artfram)
workers 311
(photo credit: Israel Weiss (weisssi@bezeqint.net) http://artfram)
Contract workers employed at government offices and local authorities will receive better wages and conditions after the cabinet on Sunday approved an agreement between Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini.
Minimum wage for contract workers will increase to NIS 4,500 immediately, with retroactive pay from May 2012. It will then rise to NIS 4,600 in January 2013 and to NIS 4,650 in July 2013, in parallel with the existing collective workplace agreement for permanent public-sector employees.
In addition, contract workers will receive other benefits enjoyed by regular employees, including vouchers for Pessah and Rosh Hashana, more convalescence pay, a 1 percent increase in pension payments and subsidized meals at their place of work.
The measure formalizes a memorandum of understanding signed by Eini and Steinitz on February 12 that ended a four-day Histadrut general strike.
The labor union held the strike to achieve better conditions for contract workers, who are mainly employed as cleaners and guards, in the public and private sectors.