An unprecedented campaign against Construction Branch Fatal accidents

Palestinian construction workers pose for a picture with WAC MAAN T shirts “I work safely” after a workshop

WAC MAAN continues to be a leading factor in a growing campaign against Construction Branch Fatal accidents in Israel. Taking into account that the number of workers who died in accidents in the year 2016 reached a pick of 48 workers (19.2 workers died per 100000 workers in the branch – almost 3 times higher than the OECD average).

Facing this harsh reality WAC MAAN works with its partners Kav Laoved and many others  to put pressure on the Government to change policies and allocate more resources to control and inspection of construction sites. We participate in the special Knesset Labour Committee on Safety issues and tirelessly with the press and leading legal and engineering experts to put forward legal and safety regulations that will change the situation for the better and save lives.

On the ground we built a new mechanism of communication with workers in order to encourage initiative on the site to demand workers rights and organize for better safety. WAC is leadign a project that focuses on the need to raise the level of consciousness of workers to their role in keeping themselves well in the job. In one of our recent  workshop for Arab workers in a construction site in Migdal Haemek  Palestinian workers from the WEst Bank and Arab workers from the Galilee discussed safety issues with Safety Expert Mohamad Jayussi and WAC leader Assaf Adiv. At the end of the workshop all workers posed for a picture with T-shirt of the campaign where it written “I am working safely”.

for more information on this see A coalition of social and workers groups puts safety on the table



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

As an organization committed to the rights of workers without distinction of religion, race, nationality, gender, or profession - democracy is our essence. We strongly oppose the authoritarian laws that the extreme government of Netanyahu, Lapid, Bennett, and Smotrich is attempting to impose.

Without democracy, there are no workers' rights, just as a workers' organization cannot exist under dictatorship.

only a victory of the democratic camp will enable a discussion on the Palestinian issue and lead to an alternative solution to occupation and apartheid while ensuring human rights and citizenship for all, Israelis and Palestinians alike. As long as the apartheid regime persists, the democratic camp will not succeed in defeating Israeli extremists. Therefore, we work to involve the Arab and Palestinian society in the protest.

We invite you:

To march with us in protests and to build an alternative, democratic, Jewish-Arab professional union in Israel. Join our quiet WhatsApp group today, "Marching with us in protest."

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