Histadrut’s request to general strike refused

National Labor Court President Nili Arad refuses yesterday (Sunday) a request to hold general strike, says parties “must return to negotiating table for intensive talks”.Talkbacks () After more than four hours of closed-door discussions that ran late on Sunday evening, National Labor Court President Arad refused the Histadrut labor federation’s request to hold a general strike starting Monday over the issue of contract workers

Demonstration in Tel-Aviv for contract workers rights (Photo: Al Ittihad)

Both Histadrut and Treasury representatives, as well as representatives of the Union of Local Authorities and the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, were present at Sunday’s hearing, which was called after the Histadrut submitted a request to the court to hold a general strike over the employment status of contract workers. The Histadrut is demanding that contract workers be moved to direct employment.

The Treasury has offered to improve the labor conditions of contract workers who work for the state, but rejects discontinuing the use of cleaning and security contract companies altogether. The Histadrut had planned to start its strike on November 7, but the court intervened and issued injunctions limiting the mass walkout to four hours.