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  10/31/2011, Cheshvan 3, 5772

Histadrut Threatens Strike over Contract Labor


The Histadrut Labor Federation announced, Sunday, that if it does not reach agreement with the government on rules for people hired by the state under contracts with personnel agencies, it will call a general strike. Following the warning, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called an urgent meeting with Histadrut Chairman Ofir Eini and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

The workers don't qualify for social benefits and don't have job security. The union wants the number of people employed this way reduced significantly. The Treasury is ready to improve their salaries and condition of employment, but not to take them on as state employees. Industry, Commerce and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon announced, last week, that he would introduce legislation requiring contract workers to be treated equally with state workers when hired for public projects.