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Israel to dramatically ramp-up enforcement of labour laws

Following the agreement signed between the government and the Histadrut trade union federation last February, Israel is now to see a much more intensive enforcement of labour laws than in the past. From 20th June, there will be double the…

No sign of a boycott of the Histadrut here

One of the lies told by the proponents of boycotting Israel’s national trade union center is that their campaign is on an unstoppable roll.  Unions everywhere, they say, are refusing to have anything to do with “racist, Zionist, colonial, apartheid”…

UK: Israel’s ambassador blasts unions for promoting bigotry

In an article in yesterday’s Guardian, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, has come down hard on British unions, in particular Unison (the public sector union) for their policy of boycotting Israel in general and the Histadrut in particular.…

UK: Did union officials ban an Israeli expert from a conference on conflict resolution?

This report, if true, is extraordinary. It appears that union officials from UNISON, the British public sector union, may have intervened to prevent an Israeli speaker from appearing at a conference on conflict resolution. The decision by the union apparently…

Histadrut wins a reprieve for Sderot’s municipal workers

Sderot is famous around the world for being the favored target of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets fired from Gaza.  As if the suffering of the local population over the last decade has not been enough, the local government decided…

And then there were two

Thanks to a ruling by the Tel Aviv District Court late yesterday (Sunday) there is now, finally, some clarity about the fight for the leadership of the Israeli trade union movement. Eitan Cabel MK will be challenging Ofer Eini, the…

The race for Histadrut leadership opens up- or does it?

We’ve been reporting here recently on attempts by two political leaders, including former Histadrut head Amir Peretz, to challenge the leadership of Ofer Eini.  Now a retired judge has recommended to the Histadrut that the candidacies of Peretz and also…

Histadrut demands – and wins – gov’t promise to compensate workers following Hamas terror rocket attacks

The media both in the Middle East and around the world has been full of reports about the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and the south of Israel.  While pro-Hamas activists such as the trade-union backed Palestine Solidarity Campaign…

Israel: Only one candidate in the race to lead the Histadrut?

In an extraordinary turn of events, it now appears that there will be only one candidate on the ballot to lead the Histadrut in May. As we have reported earlier, the candidacy of Eitan Cabel, who was challenging incumbent Ofer…