More than half of the employees at the “Hod Amal” Geriatric Hospital in Ma’ale Adumim joined MAAN

More than half of the employees at the “Hod Amal” Geriatric Hospital in Ma’ale Adumim (massive urban settlement in area C  east of Jerusalem) joined MAAN in September. The majority of them are residents of the Palestinian Authority. Although some of them have been working at the hospital for over five years, they are still employed through a labor subcontractor and not directly by the Hospital as the law requires. Most employees earn just minimum and face difficult working conditions and no opportunities for advancement.

On September 10, 2023, MAAN’s trade union organizer, Yoav Gal-Tamir, notified the company that the union had become the authorized representative union of the employees, after more than a third of the workers had joined. According to the law, the hospital’s management is now required to engage in negotiations with MAAN on a collective agreement. As of Sep. 17, 41 out of 70 employees already signed the union forms.

Ahmed Jahalin, one of the organizers, stated: “MAAN is a workers’ union that is unique in its assistance to Palestinian workers. The right to unionize is guaranteed by Israeli labor law. Therefore, we did not hesitate to join MAAN to improve our working conditions.”

The employees main demand is to be employed directly by the hospital, as many of them are employed by a labor subcontractor. Labor law mandates that after 9 months of employment through a labor subcontractor employees should join the payroll of the company they work for. The workers have repeatedly approached the hospital’s management with this demand but due to disagreements with the contractor regarding compensation payments, the hospital rejected their request. Additionally, their requests for increased wages have gone unanswered, and most of them earn just the minimum wage. Furthermore, they demand that in case of workplace accidents, they be treated in Israeli hospitals and not sent to Palestinian Authority hospitals.

Currently the union and the employees are waiting to hear the response of the Hospital management to the organizing drive.


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.

Palestinian Workers

Netanyahu does not admit it, but it is a fact: the economy needs the Palestinian workers

Since the outbreak of the war, the government has closed the gates to Palestinian workers, but has not presented a plan to replace them with foreign workers ■ Meanwhile, those who pay the price are the farmers, restaurateurs, industrialists and contractors, who have lost a significant percentage of their manpower ■ “If 75% of the fruits remain on the trees, it means bankruptcy. We will not stand it”

MAAN and the October 7th War

In the shadow of war the struggle for workers’ rights continues

We enter the year 2024 in the shadow of a war that is changing the face of the Middle East. Hamas’s attack of October 7 has plunged the Israeli and Palestinian peoples deeper into what seems an endless conflict. The current phase has so far claimed the lives of 1300 Israelis and over 20,000 Palestinians. About 70% of homes in Gaza have been made unfit for habitation, and more than a million and a half Gazans are now crowded into the south of the Strip hungry for food. Over 160,000 Israelis have been displaced from their homes, and 136 are held hostage by Hamas under inhumane conditions.

Palestinian Workers

Ban of Palestinian workers creates powder keg in the West Bank

After more than three months during which the checkpoints were closed, and about 200,000 Palestinian workers were suspended from working in Israel, a significant crack has finally opened. In the government meeting of January 14th, a plan was formulated to allow the entry of Palestinian workers aged at least 45 who have undergone a security check and possess entry permits to Israel.


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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