Palestinian Striking Workers Triumph

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Palestinian Striking Workers Triumph

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After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labour rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit have suspended their strike on January 20. The workers’ committee has reached this decision following an agreement with the company to meet their demands. The agreement, which still needs to go through legal procedures in Israeli courts, states the following:

  • The workers get back to work and continue the negotiations with Yamit for a period of three months.
  • During this period, the workers receive an increase of around $200 to their wages.
  • The Palestinian workers are paid a holiday usually given to Israeli workers in July... on an annual basis.
  • Workers who finish work at Yamit should receive an end of service benefits based on the number of years they have been working for the company.
  • Yamit is not allowed to employ new workers without the consent of the workers’ committee that led the strike and is leading the negotiations.

This victory is important but still partial. It will only be complete when the negotiations period ends with all of the just demands of the workers are met.

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