The Journalist's Organization declared a labor dispute at the Ma'ariv daily, Monday, claiming that management was continuing unilateral moves that harm the rights of the workers. The workers' committee said that, among other things, the workers were transferred to another company without notice and that management has been pressuring workers to retire against their will, including threats of dismissal. Dozens of freelancers have not received their March salaries and some of them are awaiting earlier salaries.
It is also claimed that the company is trying to move certain departments from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem without making things easier on the workers who want to move as promised to the district labor court. Some workers were told they would have to work more hours without discussing the implication of the change. While a small number of workers are receiving pay hikes, the newspaper is advertising to fill the positions of veteran workers who were fired.