The signing of the agreement at the Histadrut House (photo: Histadrut spokespersons)
The Histadrut, the Israel Railways Workers' Council, and the management signed a new wage agreement in the company with the approval of the Ministry of Finance.
The agreement, led by the Histadrut Transport Workers Union, comes after years of negotiations to improve the employment conditions of the workers in the many sectors that make up the company. The agreement will apply to approximately 3,700 workers and was signed in the capacity of Minister of Transportation Miri Regev, Histadrut Chairman Arnon Bar-David, Efi Malkin, head of wages at the Ministry of Finance, Israel Railways Chairman Moshe Shimoni, Israel Railways CEO Micha Meixner and Workers' Committee Chairman Gila Adrai. At
the center of the agreement, which will be in effect for four years and seven months, is a horizontal wage increase of 5.25% for all employees, and an additional 1% for various employee populations working The agreement regulates the cooperation of the railway employees with the performance of additional tasks as detailed in the agreement.
The employees will enjoy job security until 2039 as part of the railway electrification project, and at the same time, mechanisms were regulated for the mobility of employees due to the transition to electricity while maintaining their rights, well-being and wages.
For employees whose jobs were affected by the electrification (refuelers, gas station managers, etc.), a special salary security mechanism will be activated, and employees whose wages were affected in the last two years due to the electrification works will receive compensation in accordance with the agreement.
Along with safeguarding the rights of the employees in all aspects, the new agreement looks to the future and provides an answer to the development and evolution of the train, for the benefit of the traveling public.
On the background to the agreement
The Minister of Transportation and the Chairman of the Histadrut: She received silence in the railway sector, he received statements of support for organized labor (photo: Histadrut spokespersons)
Other prominent clauses in the agreement
• Absorption of dozens of contractor employees as company employees (Bombardier employees, development and infrastructure employees).
•Promotion of workers on the production floor (granting ranks).
•Regulating the operation of the control center (control center) at the Lod and Haifa sites.
•Regulating the transition to the innovative ERTMS train management system.
•Outsourcing will be done according to specific tasks and through three companies. Upon completion of the task, the relevant railway employees will be trained to perform the tasks.
•Regulating the compensation for projects special ones that are not part of the current work.
• Providing a welfare budget for retirees and a holiday budget for Nativ retirees in the amount of NIS 840, twice a year.
• Regulating the change of the organizational structure in the operating division of the train.
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Four years of exhausting negotiations have come to an end (Photo: Histadrut spokespersons)
Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David
welcomed the agreement and said: "This is a historic and defining moment that I have worked for since I took office.
Relations at Israel Railways have known ups and downs, so I am happy about this status which is real news for the employees.
The railway workers, thanks to whom the citizens of Israel receive better public transportation, know today that their great dedication has a more significant reward.
The new agreement, in the shadow of the changes and the electrification momentum of the Israel Railways, not only provides an employment horizon for the employees and better wages, but strengthens the state's infrastructure and connects the center and the periphery.
I believe that thanks to today's agreements, we will have fruitful cooperation in the future as well, and the flourishing of Israel Railways moving forward.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the agreement, the Minister of Transportation Miri Regev, the management, and especially the incoming Chairman of the Transport Workers' Union Eyal Yadin and the outgoing Chairman Avi Adri - thanks to whom the workers will benefit from the fruits of the agreement.
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Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Miri Regev
referred not only to the agreement but also to the plan of some of her colleagues in the coalition to limit the right to strike: "The Israeli government will not harm the workers and no law will be passed that would harm organizing. The workers are the solution and not the problem, so the Histadrut will find partners in the government to lead together Reforms while preserving the rights of the workers. This is a win-win for the benefit of the Israeli public. We will cooperate and take care of the workers because it is the growth engine of the economy.
Regarding the railway: it is a happy day that brings with it a row. In my eyes, the railway workers' committee is an example of the way in which a workers' committee should conduct itself: on the one hand Concern for the workers and, on the other hand, progress towards a technological future. Without your leadership, Mr. Chairman of the Histadrut, who sees the importance of the Israeli economy, sees the public and puts the workers at the center - we would not be here today.
We will continue to address other issues in public transportation together.
Thanks to everyone involved and have a good time."
Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich
: "The Israel Railways is undergoing a tremendous development boom for the benefit of improving productivity and connecting the periphery to the center. The agreement with the railway workers will ensure that the railway meets the major challenges: switching to an electric train, testing safety systems and ensuring the continuity of the train's operation and thus - to improve the public transport system in Israel. I thank him" The head of the Histadrut Arnon Bar-David, to the railway management and the workers' committee who have worked for many years on this agreement, which will be good for both the railway workers and the residents of the State of Israel."
Efi Malkin, head of wages at the Ministry of Finance
: "The agreement that was signed is important for the stability of labor relations in the railway and for the improvement The service to citizens. The agreement marches the company into the age of electric trains, will implement safety systems, and will significantly improve the management flexibility of the company. Thank you to the professional team that accompanied - Tali Oberman, Shaked Castelman and attorney Noam Rif."
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Railways attorney Moshe Shimoni
: "The railway's most important resource is its human resource. The new agreement forged with great pains and hard work is a defining event for the railway's employees and the tens of millions of passengers it serves. I am proud that we were able to produce an agreement that is an important anchor in the conduct of the company. I would like to thank the Minister of Transportation for working for the agreement, To the chairman of the Histadrut for the close support and finding solutions to the various issues, to the CEO of the railway and the chairman of the railway committee for the hard work for the agreement.
The agreement guarantees a transportation future for the State of Israel."
General Director of Israel Railways Michael Meixner:
"Israel Railways is an asset that affects the citizens of Israel every day. An infrastructure of joint work that will support the company's progress towards its goals along with the job security of its employees.
This is another step towards building a solid society for the benefit of the traveling public and the employees, and I am proud to sign an agreement that outlines the tracks for the next five years and decade.
I thank all the partners on the way, the Minister of Transportation for her support in the process, the chairman of the board Moshe Shimoni, the chairman of the Histadrut, the head of the railway committee and the members of the committee itself and the railway management.
And most importantly, I thank the railway workers for their day-to-day work, for the sake of the public in Israel."
Chairman of the Transport Workers' Union, attorney Eyal Yadin
: "I would like to thank the dear people who worked in the chambers in conducting this negotiation. It is important for me to point out that the principle that guided us throughout The whole way is how to develop healthy working relationships for the day after the agreement. A collective agreement is a paper that is signed - working relationships are much more than that. The ability to work together with the thought of promoting the railway and safeguarding the rights of all employees in the railway is the important task.
Chairman of the Railway Workers' Committee Gila Adrai
: "After a long and complex negotiation, we reached an agreement that first and foremost respects the workers and employees of the railway in all sectors without exception, guarantees compensation and wage increases along with job security and provides a response to the future of the company and the challenges that are yet to come.
We managed "In one of the most difficult and complex periods we have known in Israel: frequent election campaigns, exchange of ministers and professional officials with different agendas, the corona epidemic that paralyzed the economy and more.
With all the difficulty and bumps along the way, we knew how to stick to our way, to insist on the future of the employees and female employees in the railway and create an agreement that guarantees compensation and peace and puts the employees at the center."
Arnon Bar David
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