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Concessions Won on Labor Legislation

Histadrut has managed to obtain some concessions from the government on proposed labor legislation to curb the rash of strikes in Israel in recent months, according to informed sources. Representatives of the government and the Histadrut agreed that a strike may be declared by workers while a labor agreement is in force, though only with the approval of the Histadrut executive and only on matters not connected with wages and other benefits. An example of abuse of a worker by his superior was cited as a strike cause.

Another reported concession was that extension of the labor legislation to sectors not stipulated in the proposed law will be possible only after approval of a six-member joint Histadrut-government committee. Finally, workers striking during a labor agreement will not be held legally responsible if the Histadrut approved the strike. The leftist Mapam party opposes the entire labor legislation and may vote against it in the Knesset, it was reported.