Solidarity vigil with Palestinian workers on strike at the Zarfati Garage in Mishor Adumim

Workers at the Zarfati Garage, residents of the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority, joined The Independent Trade Union Centre MAAN (known formally in English as WAC) and began organizing to put an end to decades of exploitation.

Workers at the Zarfati Garage, residents of the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority, joined The Independent Trade Union Centre MAAN (known formally in English as WAC) and began organizing to put an end to decades of exploitation: wages lower than the legal minimum, with no proper wage slips, and without vacation, sickness pay, national insurance payments, pension contributions or overtime pay. The workers demand a legal wage with full social benefits as determined by law, and a collective agreement.

An official letter was sent to the Garage owners on June 25th announcing that 39 workers (out of a total of 60) joined WAC and asking to start negotiations for a collective agreement. However, the garage management adamantly refused to enter negotiations. For this reason, the union announced a labor dispute and will start a strike on Monday 29.7.13.

After the workers joined WAC, the management improved their wages, but it has not provided the other benefits as required by law. The garage hopes the workers will accept the improved wages and forget about the organizing initiative. But workers insist on their right to organize and feel that this move by the management only shows the force of the union.

On Monday, the workers will go on strike to demand that the garage management negotiate with them towards a collective agreement which will include all their legal rights. The solidarity vigil will express support for their justified struggle.

More in thestruggle of Zarfati workers and the legal rights of Palestinian workers in Israeli owned companies in the Settlements.

For directions and further details, contact:

Erez Wagner, WAC coordinator in Jerusalem, 050-7596492




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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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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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