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


The East Jerusalem Project

Severe employment crisis in East Jerusalem ahead of Ramadan

On the eve of Ramadan, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are facing an economic and social crisis exacerbated by a 7.6 per cent increase in unemployment since the outbreak of the war. Despite the crisis, the government is severely undermining its own five-year plan for East Jerusalem. MAAN Workers Association (hence MAAN) calls on the mayor and the incoming city council to secure budgets to reduce socio-economic gaps in the city.

Palestinian Workers

MAAN and Kav Laoved write to Immigration and Population Authority and demand to reserve a place in the quota for Palestinian workers with a permit who resigned/fired during the “Iron Swords” war

The two workers’ rights groups wrote on Feb. 13 to Mr. Moshe Nakash the head of the Immigration and Population Authority and demanded that special measures will be taken to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian workers and also to enable Israeli employers to overcome the crisis and keep their experienced workers.

Palestinian Workers

The War in Gaza Brings Severe Poverty and Despair to the West Bank

Journalist Hagar Sheizaf of Haaretz collaborated with MAAN to give a compelling presentation on the dire situation of Palestinian workers out of work for four months due to the war. Sheizaf quotes Assaf Adiv, MAAN’s Executive Director and also workers affiliated with MAAN who worked in Israel for dozens of years. These workers bare no responsibility for the October 7 terrorist attack, yet they pay the price. All of them demand to go back to their work places in Israel for the benefit of all.


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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