Workers Advice Center

The Workers Advice Center (WAC-Ma’an) unequivocally supports the social workers in their strike for improved employment terms. Their struggle highlights the distorted employment policies in Israel during the last 25 years. These policies are guided by a neo-liberal worldview which sees the organization of workers as a grave impediment which must be banished from society and the economy. At the center of the social workers’ struggle is the demand that employment terms for those employed via private NGOs and manpower agencies – about one third of all social workers (some 5,000 of 17,000) – be made equal to those employed directly by the Welfare Ministry and are thus public sector employees.

The Workers Advice Center (WAC-Ma’an) unequivocally supports the social workers in their strike for improved employment terms. Their struggle highlights the distorted employment policies in Israel during the last 25 years. These policies are guided by a neo-liberal worldview which sees the organization of workers as a grave impediment which must be banished from society and the economy. At the center of the social workers’ struggle is the demand that employment terms for those employed via private NGOs and manpower agencies – about one third of all social workers (some 5,000 of 17,000) – be made equal to those employed directly by the Welfare Ministry and are thus public sector employees.

The social workers’ union and the Histadrut are currently in negotiation with the Finance Ministry and Welfare Ministry. Unlike previous negotiations in other sectors, during which workers remained at home, in this case we are witness to massive mobilization which has brought supporters out onto the streets, thus empowering those negotiating in their name.

The extensive public support for the social workers’ strike reflects the fact that an increasing number of people in Israel are opposed to the way society and the economy are being managed. During the last couple of decades, we have seen governments serve a small group of tycoons while leaving peripheral populations without fair employment, health services or decent education, and with little hope of reasonable housing.

The Workers Advice Center organizes truck drivers, staff in private educational institutions, agricultural laborers, manpower agency workers and employees in other sectors. What these workers have in common with the social workers is their unfair employment terms. Despite differences between Jews and Arabs, men and women, we are all equal in the face of predatory capitalism. In this system, profit is profit, and it doesn’t matter how it is generated.

The social workers’ strike is the strike of all exploited and marginalized workers in Israel. The Workers Advice Center joins all those who call for a change in the state’s priorities, change which will place the workers at the center and enable all to live in dignity.

We are all with the social workers!

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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








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.

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