MAAN – Workers Association – The new name of the union reflects a new stage in its development

In October 2020 the Registrar of Israeli NGOs accepted our request to change the name of our organization. Accordingly, our official name, till then “WAC-MAAN – Workers Advice Center,” is now “MAAN – Workers Association.”

The name-change isn’t just a formality. More than two decades ago we founded the Workers Advice Center, whose goal was to defend individual workers against employers who violated their rights. In the course of the years, our defense took a more collective form, making us one of the four general workers associations in Israel. The new name suits our activities better.

MAAN has a unique task in the field of labor-union activity in Israel, a field characterized by sharp sectoral separation according to nationality and gender, with extreme discrimination and exploitation of weak populations. MAAN organizes workers by the principle of full equality, including Israelis and Palestinians, women and men, Arabs and Jews, white collar and blue.

Since becoming a labor union in 2010, MAAN has signed a series of collective agreements with both private and public employers, among them the educational NGO Hand-in-Hand, the music conservatory in Rosh Haayin, the Tzarfati Garage in the West Bank Industrial Zone of Maaleh Adumim, and many others. In parallel, we continue our grass-roots activities to improve working conditions and prevent on-the-job accidents. In the area of Israel’s Triangle between the coast and the West Bank, as well as in Jerusalem, we operate projects for advancing the status of Arab women in the job market.

MAAN adopts an egalitarian agenda for a green economy. To accomplish this, it aims to build a broad front of Israeli and Palestinian organizations.

Our vision is detailed in a statement we published in October 2020entitled “The fight against COVID-19 and the unprecedented economic crisis require a new paradigm of Israeli-Palestinian partnership

We call on workers to contact MAAN and join our ranks. All who believe in political, economic, and gender equality are invited to take part in our struggle toward building a better, more just society.


The East Jerusalem Project

Significant Achievements of MAAN – Workers Association in Protecting Workers’ Rights

Since the outbreak of the war, MAAN – Workers Association has secured the labor rights, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, and support for work accidents for over 300 residents of East Jerusalem. This includes opening checkpoints and distributing food vouchers, translating to over 3 million NIS in benefits. Notably, over 40% of those who received assistance are women.

Palestinian Workers

The government’s decision to massively import overseas workers is social lawlessness, a disaster for both the economy and security. It must be revoked and Palestinians must be allowed to return to their jobs in Israel

Wednesday, May 15, the Israeli government approved a structural reform on employment of migrant workers where it allowed a ceiling of 330,000 overseas workers in the Israeli job market. MAAN sees this decision as a step that defies all economic logic, contradicts labor market planning, and opens the way to a dangerous expansion of human trafficking for labor purposes in Israel. In addition, the decision reflects complete disregard for the consequences of the continued halt in employment of Palestinians.

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.


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."

To join MAAN and unite workers in your workplace. Read here how to join the organization.

To follow MAAN's work on social networks.

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