WAC signs an unprecedented collective agreement, regulating music teachers’ work conditions at Rosh Haayin Music Center

Rosh Haayin music teachers and WAC acting as their Representative Union Organization, have signed yesterday, July 21st, on a collective agreement that regulates both their wages as well as their work conditions. This agreement is a result of prolonged negotiations between WAC and The Organization for Social Services which is responsible for the Center and the Rosh Haayin municipality. The agreement was signed in initials, pending the approval of the Ministry of Finance Salary Officer in charge. Once approved, the agreement will be implemented retroactively from January 1st, 2015.

The music teachers’ committee was a full partner in this agreement. The music teachers main achievements in this agreement include: immediate average salary increase of 15%, yearly salary increase based on seniority/academic degrees/professional achievements, as well as payment for the month of August. One of the main achievements of the agreement is the correction of the senior teachers’ salaries, many of whom have been employed for over 20 years on a very low salary and will get now a significant increase.

The collective agreement means secure employment for Rosh Haayin music teachers, who have suffered from low wages, no promotion, and no payments during vacations like most music teachers in the country. This collective agreement is an important precedent for similar music centers in other cities, where music teachers’ are employed as freelancers, with no continuity and no social benefits.

Orit Guryi, member of the teachers’ committee, said: “I’m extremely pleased, because I feel this agreement expresses appreciation for our work, and formulates clear criteria for teachers’ advancement. I’m glad that the mayor has accepted this challenge and I hope that music teachers throughout the country will follow this precedent, unite and will struggle in order to improve the status of music teachers on a national level”.

During almost 2 years of negotiations WAC has declared a work dispute, and declared and staged a 2 days strike on November 2014. The struggle has included a “protest” concert performed in front of the City Hall, and the teachers were invited to participate in the city council meeting. It was there and then that the mayor Shalom Ben Moshe expressed his commitment to improve their salary and work conditions, and has promised to correct the past injustice.



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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.

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

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