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Government agrees to provide 70,000 free meals

Under the government’s agreement with Histadrut, contract laborers won’t get much of a pay increase—their minimum wage was only increased by about 10%, and most of them earn more than that anyway. Some 70,000 cleaners and guards will get subsidized meals and minor perks like that.

So why the fuss? Because by including government agencies’ contract employees in trade union agreements, Histadrut adds close to a hundred thousand workers and their families to its power base.

Netanyahu praised the agreement as ‘just,’ though of course it is not; it merely reflects Histadrut’s monopolistic bargaining power.

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