Palestinian Workers Archive

  • <p>On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem) began a general strike. The workers, organized with the independent Union WAC-Ma'an, are demanding an end to exploitation and humiliation, and insist on signing a first collective agreement. The strike began after the workers and the union approved a draft agreement, while the management tried to take advantage of the opposition of a small number of more privileged workers in order to break the union and avoid the agreement. WAC and the workers demand that the agreement be signed immediately. If the agreement is not signed, the strike will continue.</p>

    Workers organized in WAC- Maan insist: “No work without an agreement”

    On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem) began a general strike. The workers, organized with the independent Union WAC-Ma'an, are demanding an end to exploitation and humiliation, and insist on signing a first collective agreement. The strike began after the workers and the union approved a draft agreement, while the management tried to take advantage of the opposition of a small number of more privileged workers in order to break the union and avoid the agreement. WAC and the workers demand that the agreement be signed immediately. If the agreement is not signed, the strike will continue.

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  • For 27 years, since Salit Quarries began operating in the occupied West Bank under the ownership of Jews from Jerusalem, it has employed Palestinian workers from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Though quarrying sand and gravel from the desert Mountains just 10 km east of Jerusalem has brought considerable profit to the owners, the workers have been employed under exploitative terms and with insufficient safety standards. Until the workers began organizing with WAC (in May 2007), the West Bank workers were employed without pay slips and without pension insurance. No tests had been carried out to ascertain the affect of the dust on the workers’ health, and there were no facilities such as a dining room, washrooms or water cooler though the quarry is located in an isolated arid region (see story). Following claims and pressure from WAC and the workers, the quarry agreed to some improvements.

    Salit Quarry: Palestinians working in insufferable conditions demand fair employment terms

    For 27 years, since Salit Quarries began operating in the occupied West Bank under the ownership of Jews from Jerusalem, it has employed Palestinian workers from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Though quarrying sand and gravel from the desert Mountains just 10 km east of Jerusalem has brought considerable profit to the owners, the workers have been employed under exploitative terms and with insufficient safety standards. Until the workers began organizing with WAC (in May 2007), the West Bank workers were employed without pay slips and without pension insurance. No tests had been carried out to ascertain the affect of the dust on the workers’ health, and there were no facilities such as a dining room, washrooms or water cooler though the quarry is located in an isolated arid region (see story). Following claims and pressure from WAC and the workers, the quarry agreed to some improvements.

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  • On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem) began a general strike. The workers, organized with the independent Union WAC-Ma'an, are demanding an end to exploitation and humiliation, and insist on signing a first collective agreement. The strike began after the workers and the union approved a draft agreement, while the management tried to take advantage of the opposition of a small number of more privileged workers in order to break the union and avoid the agreement. WAC and the workers demand that the agreement be signed immediately. If the agreement is not signed, the strike will continue.

    Workers organized in WAC- Maan insist: “No work without an agreement”

    On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem) began a general strike. The workers, organized with the independent Union WAC-Ma'an, are demanding an end to exploitation and humiliation, and insist on signing a first collective agreement. The strike began after the workers and the union approved a draft agreement, while the management tried to take advantage of the opposition of a small number of more privileged workers in order to break the union and avoid the agreement. WAC and the workers demand that the agreement be signed immediately. If the agreement is not signed, the strike will continue.

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  • <p>Through WAC-Ma'an we learned that the Salit Quarries workers in Mishor Adumim began a general strike on June 16 because the management did not live up to its promise to sign the collective agreement at the last moment.</p>

    Protest letter

    Through WAC-Ma'an we learned that the Salit Quarries workers in Mishor Adumim began a general strike on June 16 because the management did not live up to its promise to sign the collective agreement at the last moment.

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  • Conversation with Erez Wagner, WAC’s Coordinator in East Jerusalem - Erez Wagner is coordinator at the Jerusalem branch of the Workers Advice Center. He is 31 years old, married, and father of an eight-month-old daughter. In addition to his work with WAC, Erez is also a prolific artist, and has donated some of his works to the "Bread and Roses" exhibition. He is currently working on a new radio program, “Work Hour,” on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on the Voice of Peace (107.2 FM).

    I came because of the teachers’ strike

    Conversation with Erez Wagner, WAC’s Coordinator in East Jerusalem - Erez Wagner is coordinator at the Jerusalem branch of the Workers Advice Center. He is 31 years old, married, and father of an eight-month-old daughter. In addition to his work with WAC, Erez is also a prolific artist, and has donated some of his works to the "Bread and Roses" exhibition. He is currently working on a new radio program, “Work Hour,” on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on the Voice of Peace (107.2 FM).

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  • <p>The Canadian Union of Postal Workers just had our legal strike ended by back to work legislation imposed by the Canadian Government. During the period of our strike and lockout we were overwhelmed by messages of support and solidarity from around the globe. This reinforced our belief about the need for international solidarity.</p>

    CUPW Solidarity Letter

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers just had our legal strike ended by back to work legislation imposed by the Canadian Government. During the period of our strike and lockout we were overwhelmed by messages of support and solidarity from around the globe. This reinforced our belief about the need for international solidarity.

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  • A two-year struggle waged by 45 Salit Quarry workers came to an end on October 13 with the elections for a workers committee, the first in 25 years. The quarry...

    Salit Quarry Workers make History: Workers Committee Elected after 25 Years

    A two-year struggle waged by 45 Salit Quarry workers came to an end on October 13 with the elections for a workers committee, the first in 25 years. The quarry...

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  • The first day of October was an historic day for the workers of the Salit Quarry: during a general meeting, the workers fixed a date for electing a workers committee....

    Salit Quarry Workers Fix Date for Workers Committee Elections

    The first day of October was an historic day for the workers of the Salit Quarry: during a general meeting, the workers fixed a date for electing a workers committee....

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