Solidarity Archive

  • At first they marched hesitantly, astonished, perhaps even with envy, as they beheld the typical Tel Aviv scene of wide green boulevards, bustling cafes, children in playgrounds, mothers with strollers, young women riding around on bicycles, and the press. It was Friday, October 28, 2011. Over 70 women agricultural workers in long dresses and headscarves marched along Rothschild Boulevard together with the same number of activists from the protest movement in Tel Aviv and the Workers Advice Center (WAC-Maan, hereinafter WAC). They didn’t know what kind of welcome to expect from Tel Aviv. But step by step, their self-confidence grew, and they began responding to the slogans Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka bellowed into the megaphone, at first shyly but later with all their strength: “Work, yes! Unemployment, no!”, “Bibi, resign, you’re not wanted anymore!”, and in Arabic, “Freedom, democracy, social justice!”

    Agricultural workers and social protest activists link arms

    At first they marched hesitantly, astonished, perhaps even with envy, as they beheld the typical Tel Aviv scene of wide green boulevards, bustling cafes, children in playgrounds, mothers with strollers, young women riding around on bicycles, and the press. It was Friday, October 28, 2011. Over 70 women agricultural workers in long dresses and headscarves marched along Rothschild Boulevard together with the same number of activists from the protest movement in Tel Aviv and the Workers Advice Center (WAC-Maan, hereinafter WAC). They didn’t know what kind of welcome to expect from Tel Aviv. But step by step, their self-confidence grew, and they began responding to the slogans Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka bellowed into the megaphone, at first shyly but later with all their strength: “Work, yes! Unemployment, no!”, “Bibi, resign, you’re not wanted anymore!”, and in Arabic, “Freedom, democracy, social justice!”

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  • By torching the mosque in the Arab Village of Tuba-Zangariyeh in the North on the night of Oct. 2, the racists of the extreme right expressed their hatred for Israel's Arab citizens. In everyday reality, the village of Tuba-Zangariyeh suffers from severe discrimination in infrastructure and employment at the hands of Israel's various governments. Thousands are employed in factories and farms in the region as manpower contractor laborers, without peripheral benefits. The Tzahar Industrial Park, located next to the town, pays land taxes to nearby Jewish towns (Safed, Hazor and Rosh Pina) but Tuba-Zangariyeh doesn't receive any of the revenues. It's not the rightwing phalanxes who harm the town's residents - it's the policies of Israel's governments that make life hell for them.

    Call for solidarity with Tuba-Zangariyeh Arab residents following mosque arson

    By torching the mosque in the Arab Village of Tuba-Zangariyeh in the North on the night of Oct. 2, the racists of the extreme right expressed their hatred for Israel's Arab citizens. In everyday reality, the village of Tuba-Zangariyeh suffers from severe discrimination in infrastructure and employment at the hands of Israel's various governments. Thousands are employed in factories and farms in the region as manpower contractor laborers, without peripheral benefits. The Tzahar Industrial Park, located next to the town, pays land taxes to nearby Jewish towns (Safed, Hazor and Rosh Pina) but Tuba-Zangariyeh doesn't receive any of the revenues. It's not the rightwing phalanxes who harm the town's residents - it's the policies of Israel's governments that make life hell for them.

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  • <p>Over the past two weeks Israel has been going through a social intifada. Anything and everything is up for discussion. Started in Tel Aviv by a group of young Israelis, it engulfed the whole country on Saturday July 30, when 150,000 demonstrators in dozens of cities took to the streets. The demonstrators are calling for change toward a welfare state.</p>

    WAC-MAAN: “The social upheaval in Israel is the most important social movement in the history of the country”

    Over the past two weeks Israel has been going through a social intifada. Anything and everything is up for discussion. Started in Tel Aviv by a group of young Israelis, it engulfed the whole country on Saturday July 30, when 150,000 demonstrators in dozens of cities took to the streets. The demonstrators are calling for change toward a welfare state.

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  • intolerable working conditions, including the lack of facilities such as a dining room, washrooms or water cooler as well as the lack of health and safety protections, pay slips or pension insurance.

    UE Protest Letter to Salit Quarry

    intolerable working conditions, including the lack of facilities such as a dining room, washrooms or water cooler as well as the lack of health and safety protections, pay slips or pension insurance.

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  • Sunday March 20 marked an important event in the history of trade unionism in Israel. The leadership assembly of the Social Workers’ Union (SWU), which organizes some 10,000 public sector social workers, rejected the Histadrut’s offer to sign a collective agreement. Instead, a majority of 14 to 11 decided to continue the strike which has been going on for 16 days already. The leadership assembly, which lasted nine hours, was called by the union’s Secretary-General Itzhak Perry and Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini after they had reached a draft agreement which would have improved wages to a certain extent. However, according to many social workers, including some in the union’s leadership, the agreement was full of holes and opposition to the agreement soon became militant. In the five days leading to the assembly, thousands of social workers demonstrated daily in front of the Histadrut building against the agreement.

    Social workers’ strike: confronting a privatized state

    Sunday March 20 marked an important event in the history of trade unionism in Israel. The leadership assembly of the Social Workers’ Union (SWU), which organizes some 10,000 public sector social workers, rejected the Histadrut’s offer to sign a collective agreement. Instead, a majority of 14 to 11 decided to continue the strike which has been going on for 16 days already. The leadership assembly, which lasted nine hours, was called by the union’s Secretary-General Itzhak Perry and Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini after they had reached a draft agreement which would have improved wages to a certain extent. However, according to many social workers, including some in the union’s leadership, the agreement was full of holes and opposition to the agreement soon became militant. In the five days leading to the assembly, thousands of social workers demonstrated daily in front of the Histadrut building against the agreement.

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  • <p>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.</p>

    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.

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  • The two independent trade unions in Israel - WAC-MAAN and Power to The Workers - will hold a solidarity demonstration in Tel Aviv to support the Egyptian workers and people struggle on February 8

    Trade unions in Israel stand in Solidarity with the Egyptian popular revolution

    The two independent trade unions in Israel - WAC-MAAN and Power to The Workers - will hold a solidarity demonstration in Tel Aviv to support the Egyptian workers and people struggle on February 8

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  • Egypt is going through historical moments… Its people is courageously struggling to defend the right to live a decent life… the right to dignity, freedom and social justice… to decent opportunities and just pay… to a democratic society for all, offering every single citizen a share in its wealth and GNP… a society that does not allow few to buy private jets whereas the rest of the population cannot even afford public transportation… a society that refuses to pay the top of the pyramid salaries higher thousand of time than minimum wage.

    Founding declaration of new independent trade union federation in Egypt – 30.1.11

    Egypt is going through historical moments… Its people is courageously struggling to defend the right to live a decent life… the right to dignity, freedom and social justice… to decent opportunities and just pay… to a democratic society for all, offering every single citizen a share in its wealth and GNP… a society that does not allow few to buy private jets whereas the rest of the population cannot even afford public transportation… a society that refuses to pay the top of the pyramid salaries higher thousand of time than minimum wage.

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  • This past November, in the heat of a day's work in the community garden adjacent to the new WAC (Ma'an) office in Haifa, a curious neighbor asked us what the connection is between a worker's organization and a community garden. At the time, there were working in the garden volunteers accompanied by a professional gardener.

    What is the Connection between a Worker’s Organization and a Community Garden

    This past November, in the heat of a day's work in the community garden adjacent to the new WAC (Ma'an) office in Haifa, a curious neighbor asked us what the connection is between a worker's organization and a community garden. At the time, there were working in the garden volunteers accompanied by a professional gardener.

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