Another organizing success for the Histadrut – this time in a kibbutz factory
The Histadrut, Israel’s national trade union centre, has announced a third successful organizing drive in the last month and a half in the western Galilee region. This time, the target was the 150 employees of T.A.G. Medical Products, located at Kibbutz Gaaton.
The company, which makes surgical instruments, was founded on the kibbutz in 1949 as a subsidiary of the metal machines workshop. The kibbutz was established the previous year by Hungarian Jewish immigrants, members of the “May First” group.
No doubt back then the workers would have been members of the kibbutz, a socialist collective, and would have owned the factory they worked in. But that is no longer the case and the company is now privately owned.
The Histadrut is calling on T.A.G. to open negotiations leading toward a collective bargaining agreement.