Antiquities Authority to take on 13 Palestinian workers in direct employment on Sunday

On Sunday, 3 Nov. 2013, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in Jerusalem will directly employ 13 workers who had been employed for years via a manpower company.

Another success in WAC’s struggle for direct employment:

On Sunday, 3 Nov. 2013, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in Jerusalem will directly employ 13 workers who had been employed for years via a manpower company. The move is the result of a suit filed by the Workers Advice Center (WAC-Maan).

WAC’s case is based on a precedential ruling from 17 March 2013, based on article 12a of the Manpower Companies Law, in which the court ordered the IAA to take on 21 archeological excavation workers who had been employed for a long period via a manpower company. These workers have already been registered as direct employees of the IAA.

In March, WAC demanded that a further 13 workers also be taken on directly, and on 22 Oct. 2013 the Jerusalem Labor Court ruled that the IAA must do so. This is a significant achievement which will change the lives of these workers, assisting them to escape the circle of poverty and shake off their dependence on national insurance and the employment services.

“Just this week I received notice of dismissal from the manpower company that employed me, claiming that I had worked more than eight months,” said Jamal Abu Hadir, who will be in direct employment for the first time since he began work with the IAA in 2005. “They assured me that if I contact them in six months’ time, I’ll be taken on straight away.”

“I’ve been working in excavations since 2005,” explained Samir Razem. “Despite my seniority and experience, and the fact that the archeologists appreciate my work, the manpower company would fire me every few months.”

This ruling ends WAC’s struggle of four years against the IAA, which began in 2009. Some 10% of the labor force in Israel is employed via manpower companies, in part-time positions, liable to dismissal every eight months, with no employment or economic security and continually facing poverty. WAC-Maan will continue to struggle to put an end to this employment practice.

For further information, please contact:

WAC-Maan spokesperson Michal Schwartz, 050-4330067

WAC-Maan Jerusalem coordinator Erez Wagner, 050-7596492





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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.

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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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