Representatives of the Histadrut Labor Federation are scheduled to hold a special session on Tuesday to vote on a general work dispute on the issue of contract labor. The union is expected to demand the direct employment by companies of workers currently contracted through personnel agencies.
Contract workers are generally not paid social benefits. The union is trying to reduce the number of contract employees to the bare minimum. Generally, declaration of a work dispute is a precursor to a strike. The law requires that two weeks pass between the declaration of a work dispute and the start of a strike.