An Australian trade union delegation visited Hizma and met with the MAAN trade union and Palestinian workers organized in the union

The meeting of workers affiliated to MAAN Workers Association with the Australian trade union delegation at the beginning of August was a good opportunity to present a true picture of the difficult conditions that Palestinian workers live through in their work places in the settlements and inside Israel.

The delegation, which included 8 people from major Australian trade unions and the solidarity organizations with Palestine APHEDA and APAN, listened to a comprehensive report from MAAN’s director Assaf Adiv who spoke on the political and social conditions that arose after the formation of the dangerous fascist government at the beginning of the year. During the lively discussion that took place in the meeting, the participants exchanged views on the democratic protest movement in Israel and on the possibilities for dialogue with it and the development of joint action, especially since MAAN actively participates in it.

Workers organized within the Ma’an union talked about their experiences and emphasized the importance of the union’s role in defending and organizing Palestinian workers who work for Israeli employers. Hatem Abu Ziadeh, a member of the Workers’ Committee in Zarfati Garage in Mishor Edomim Industrial Zone, spoke about the garage workers’ experience in union organization and reaching a collective agreement. Muhammad Kanaan also talked about the Hayy Adam carpentry, where the workers joined the union at the beginning, but it declared bankruptcy, and the union contributed to ensuring that the workers collect compensation from the National Insurance. The worker, Badawi Abu Juwayd, who works inside Israel and follows up on the issue of the trade in permits, presented the delegation with a picture of the current dangerous situation and explained the idea of the green card proposed by MAAN and its importance. Othman Gharbat, who works on Palestinian workers organizing drives presented a picture on the possibilities and difficulties in the effort to organize Palestinian workers.

Before the delegation’s visit to Hizma and its meeting with the workers, we held another meeting with the guests from Australia in MAAM’s office in Jerusalem. The union’s representatives there, including the office manager, Erez Wagner, and colleagues Razan Moshahra, Sarah Ibrahim, Reem Da’doua, and Dana Pomerants, presented an important report on the state of poverty and unemployment suffered by the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and on the tremendous work that the union is doing in order to protect the rights of workers and encourage women to enter the labor market and guarantee their rights .



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.

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