A second collective agreement signed in Zarfaty Garage.

Palestinian employees get better wages and working conditions

On March 15th, MAAN – Workers Association signed a second collective agreement for four years ahead with the Zarfaty Garage in settler industrial zone Mishor Adumim. The first agreement at the Zarfaty Garage, signed in 2017, was the first signed in a place that employs a majority of Palestinian workers on the floor shop.

The new agreement includes an updated salary table reflecting the price index increase, as well as employees’ professional advancement. Additionally, disputes regarding the employment starting dates of several senior employees were resolved as part of the negotiations, and issues such as transparency, improving the handling of occupational accidents and safety, and compensation for employees who did not receive various payments were settled.

The Zarfaty Garage employs some 75 workers, including about 60 Palestinians from the PA as well as 15 Israeli and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. It is a large garage, with departments for different types of trucks, a department for private vehicles as well as for military vehicles. The Zarfaty Garage is one of the oldest and largest employers in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone east of Jerusalem and the first, as noted, to regulate its working conditions in a collective agreement from 2017.

The new agreement shows that even in today’s difficult conditions, responsible and wise leadership on both sides can reach agreements that serve the good of the employees and the company while addressing new relevant problems.

The agreement was signed by MAAN Executive Director Assaf Adiv, workers’ committee representative  Hatem Abu Ziadeh, and the Zarfaty Garage Director Morris Zarfaty.



Fighting for peace and cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli workers in times of war

Following is a talk by Yoav Gal Tamir that was given to the Global Labour Institute School under the headline “Young Union Leaders Imagining International Trade Unionism”. The GLI gathering of 100 activists took place at the end of November near Paris. MAAN’s representative Yoav Gal Tamir talked about the union’s role today, after the October Massacre by Hamas and Israel’s retaliation. Tamir also emphasized MAAN’s unique role as a union that works in Israel, defends and organizes both Israeli and Palestinian workers.

The East Jerusalem Project

Solidarity across borders: residents of East and West Jerusalem work together in crisis and build the foundations of a common future

Jerusalem after October 7 is a city marked by suspicion and fear. The city economy has been hit hard, and many in both the Jewish and Palestinian communities prefer to avoid public spaces. In the immediate days after the war began, checkpoints around the city have been shut, cutting off the Palestinians living in the outskirts of the city. That would be around one third of the city’s residents who are left in a dire economic situation. Amidst this, dozens of organizations – both Jewish and Palestinian – begun working to provide relief. MAAN Workers Association (MAAN) joined the Jerusalem’s civilian Emergency Center, especially the branch set up for the East Jerusalem residents. Together, these organizations in both sides of the city create an enclave of sanity, bringing hope in solidarity.


אנא כתבו את שמכם המלא, טלפון ותיאור קצר של נושא הפנייה, ונציג\ה של מען יחזרו אליכם בהקדם האפשרי.

رجاءً اكتبوا اسمكم الكامل، الهاتف، ووصف قصير حول موضوع توجهكم، ومندوب عن نقابة معًا سيعاود الاتصال بكم لاحقًا

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