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Without even filing a labor dispute, workers at Haifa and Ashdod ports disrupted their activity in response to the 2009 budget which allows the ports to hire private contractors.

at 5.9%. Olmert’s results are better than Netanyahu’s.

Histadrut collected money on behalf of Palestinian workers even at the height of intifada when Israeli other trade unions severed their ties with Arab enemies.
Histadrut, of course, doesn’t care about Arabs. The payment, hardly $400,000 per year since 2000 confirms that a minuscule number of Arabs work in Israel officially; most are engaged on the black market. Histadrut’s goal is to mandate a minimum wage for Arab workers on par with Jewish ones, so that Israeli employees would prefer hiring Jewish workers at the same price.

to start the semester. Short of that payment, the racketeers would leave 150,000 students on the street.

At Hirchson’s fraud hearings, his associate revealed that he routinely gave blank signed checks to Histadrut bosses, who then filled in the required salaries and reimbursements. The associate claimed the practice was sound because in Histadrut “they were all friends.”

The Israeli Finance and Transport Ministries reduced the fee for oil imports charged by Ashdod and Haifa ports by 70 percent. The trade unions vehemently oppose the reduction. The ports, nominally state-owned, fill Histadrut coffers.

David Cohen, Hirchson’s former accomplice in Histadrut, testified that he repeatedly passed unaccounted cash to Hirchson. Cohen also asserts he gave cash to Olmert, though there is no evidence to confirm his testimony.
Another witness testified earlier that he gave Hirchson and other officials signed blank checks.
Histadrut is normally off-limits to Israeli justice, and the current trial of its ex-boss is a welcome attempt to bring the trade union mafiosi to justice.

The employees deliberately delay flights, and demand a pay increase of $15 per month. The token amount aside, trade unions just enjoy raping the economy.

Most employees stopped have serving passengers over $15-a-month wage dispute, causing massive traffic delays.

The tax Administration went on strike over a labor dispute. So if the government doesn’t raise their salaries, we need not pay taxes anymore?

The Tax Administration’s trade union has refused to process wartime compensations to residents of South Israel until the government agrees to a wage hike for the union’s members.

17,500 employees were fired in December, a slight increase over the already high November figure. The Bank of Israel has warned of a recession.

The Attorney General continues his investigation of Avodah Ivrit rabbis, who have declared it impermissible to hire Arab enemies while Jews remain jobless.

Six state-owned Israeli hospitals announced permanent strike: as usual, over a minuscule demand of hiring merely 130 additional employees. The Finance Ministry even agreed to pay their wages but insists on outsourcing – but the trade union wants all money for itself.

UPDATE: The trade union reached a last-minute agreement with the Finance Ministry.

Egyptian border guards prevented Hamas officials returning from Cairo from bringing $12 million in cash to Gaza. The money was apparently collected by the Muslim Brotherhood.

But Olmert made up for the shortfall: the prime minister ordered $43 million in cash to be transferred to Gaza to pay public servants’ salaries. For a territory of 1.5 million people, that’s quite a lot for salaries.

Mindful of the upcoming elections, Barak vehemently opposed Olmert’s decision, though two months ago he also transferred to Gaza $25 million in cash.

The money comes from tax transfers, according to an outdated 1994 agreement. Israel hurts Jewish workers by allowing Palestinian laborers into the country. Uniquely, Israel taxes the Palestinians for other country’s benefit: imagine the United States transferring to Mexico the taxes it collected from Mexican workers. Every normal state keeps  tax revenue to itself, but the Jewish state collects taxes for its enemies. Taxes increase the cost of Arab labor and effectively make Jewish consumers subsidize the PLO state.

The Finance Ministry is  investigating the decades-long Hevrat Hashmal practice of increasing the professional rank of its employees after retirement and even post-mortem. The rank bears on the pension they or their widows receive.

Hevrat Hashmal retained a power generation monopoly based on the British Mandate’s charter. Though a year ago the government issued the first independent license for power generation, the new power station would have to sell electricity to Hevrat Hashmal.

Though both parties hail the agreement, in reality there is none. Likud merely agreed to “examine the possibility” of anti-Arab changes in the Israeli Citizenship Act and expressed the belief that all Israeli citizens must profess loyalty. Likud also sidestepped the demands of quickie conversion and civil marriages for non-Jews.

Lieberman’s acquiescence to Likud’s vague promises shows how little is he concerned with his electoral platform.

Haim Ramon confirmed that Kadima did not even discuss the citizenship/loyalty issue with Yisrael Beitenu, though both parties claimed agreement on all of Lieberman’s demands.

After an all-time-record 20,000 Israelis lost their jobs last month, government employment agencies closed due to striking employees, who are demanding higher pay and larger staff. Who cares about the jobless.

Israel’s poorest towns will experience an unusual labor strike: tomorrow, their municipalities will be closed for two hours.
Municipal bureaucrats protest the lack of government support for state factories.
But why inconvenience the residents?

Human rights loonies complain that since January Israel has stopped paying disability insurance to 5,000 Gazans who worked in the Jewish state legally. The government did not finally come to its senses; no—the problem is merely technical, as Israeli banks have stopped servicing Gaza.

Gaza is officially declared a hostile territory, which is too mild a word for a launching pad for thousands of rockets. Whatever labor rights the Arab workers had, they forfeited them by joining the enemy.

Lieberman’s original election slogan was, “No National Service, No National Insurance,” thus presumably inapplicable to Gazans. Sure enough, his promise was empty.

Hevrat Hashmal, a power-generation and distribution company’s trade union, ended its strike after the company rescinded its plan to fire 2,000 employees. Hevrat Hashmal is known for grossly inflated salaries and staff.

Hevrat Hashmal is a monopoly and can afford to strike for any length of time without losing its customers who would pay for whatever number of workers Hevrat Hashmal’s trade union decided to hire.

Past coverage: labor
16.04 Teachers will renew strike, protest study time reduction by 8 hours per week, demand 30% pay rise
19.04 Chemical company workers’ blackmail Israel over labor dispute
30.04 Finance Ministry takes on Histadrut,
17.05 Educational bureaucracy wins: more superfluous lessons, more pay
07.06 Israel will provide welfare to children of immigrant workers
21.06 Luddites from the Education Ministry boycott computer system
08.07 Socialism hits Israeli police, post
24.07 Robin Hoods from trade unions
26.07 Trade unions terrorize Israel
26.07 Trade unions flexing muscles
03.09 Financial fraud in trade unions
11.09 Trade unions at work: Israeli ports on the brink of collapse
10.10 Teachers: Too little pay for killing Jewish souls
26.10 Teachers' blackmail continues
26.11 Israel's another peace parley
21.01 Junior lecturers are jealous at senior racketeers
04.06 Hirchson indicted for stealing from trade union
19.06 Capitalism Israeli style: labor strike at Tel Aviv stock exchange
25.06 Histradrut prevails, Israelis lose
12.08 Mekorot strike threatens Jews to cut water supply