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Palestinian unions

  • 'Sodastream workers allege being threatened over unionizing attempts'

    According to a lawsuit filed by Israel's largest labor union, Sodastream workers who tried to organize reported being harassed by the company's management. Sodastream denies the allegations. Israel's major worker's federation filed a NIS 15 million lawsuit against Sodastream this past month, claiming that the company attempted to disrupt workers' attempts to organize. The story hit the Israeli press on Friday after news website Davar Rishon publishing a string of testimonies from the case. [tmwinpost] According to the 15 million-shekel suit, filed by the Histadrut — Israel’s organization of trade unions — Sodastream workers who tried to unionize were harassed, and the testimonies…

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  • Court orders dismissed Palestinian union organizer be returned to work

    The management at a West Bank auto repair shop tried to paint Hatem Abu Ziadeh as a 'security threat' for organizing workers. After seven months of stalling, an Israeli court finally orders he be compensated and brought back to work. Jerusalem's Labor Court ordered a Palestinian union leader who had been dismissed from his job be returned to work on Wednesday, after he was fired for organizing workers at a West Bank automobile shop. [tmwinpost] The ruling by Labor Court President, Judge Eyal Avrahami, was handed down a year and a half Hatem Abu Ziadeh was fired from the Tzarfati…

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  • Employer turns Palestinian union organizer into a 'security threat'

    Hatem Abu Ziadeh spent almost 20 years working at an auto repair shop in a West Bank industrial zone. But once he began organizing workers for better conditions, he was fired for 'security-based reasons.' In many respects, this is a painfully simple and well-known story: a veteran factory worker decides to unionize his fellow workers in order to protect their rights. All of a sudden, after many years of work, the employer remembers that the veteran is actually a poor worker who must be fired immediately. Like in innumerable cases, the employer provides a variety of reasons for the dismissal.…

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