An international campaign against union busting was launched on Wednesday, February 24, at the Israeli branch of a multinational food delivery company. 10bis (Ten Bis – a play on words in vernacular Hebrew for “Give me a piece”), the Israeli branch of the Just Eat Takeaway.com centered in The Netherlands, is denying its workers the right to unionize. Food couriers have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their own health to keep the food sector alive, and serve the needs of hundreds of thousands of clients, during the pandemic.
In October 2020, half of the 10bis couriers unionized in the Histadrut, demanding insurance for couriers and recognition of their tips as components of their salaries. However, the company has tried to prevent unionization, intimidated organizers, refused to negotiate with the workers, and attempted to dismiss the leader of the workers’ council.
While Just Eat Takeaway.com boasts that its code of conduct recognizes employees’ freedom to establish or join a trade union of their choice, in practice such a policy remains unimplemented, nothing than mere words on paper. “Join with us to tell Just Eat Takeaway.com to stop the 10bis union-busting attempt, recognize the workers’ council, begin good-faith negotiations, and cancel the efforts to dismiss worker representatives,” said union organizers at 10bis.