The signing of the new wage agreement in the railway.
Now the details behind the fugitive speeches are becoming clear (photo: Israel Railways)
The new wage agreement for the 3,700 railway workers signed today will finally grant them a wage increase of hundreds of shekels after an unusual negotiation that lasted five years.
The signing gives a first significant achievement in the current term to the Chairman of the Railway Workers' Committee Gila Adrai, who in recent months felt that are involved in the talks, because it is delaying the conclusion of the discussions and the ceremonial signing until Miri Regev's return to the Ministry of Transportation.
Most of the workers will receive a salary increase of 5.25%, and some will receive 6.25%, an increase of about NIS 500-700 per month to their salaries.
It should be noted that if a new wage agreement is signed soon in the public sector, the railway workers will also benefit from its fruits, so that the wage increase expected for them in the coming year may exceed 10%.
"It was a relatively long negotiation in its length, which was also characterized by the fact that it was conducted all the time under the supervision of the labor court, after the railway management applied to it to dismiss the labor disputes in the railway, but the judge determined that everyone is kosher, but also that the parties should sit down and talk," Lavala said Amit Hillel, director of the railways division of the Histadrut, who followed the negotiations closely.
Even when organizational measures were taken during the negotiations, the workers did not stop the train (Photo: Flash 90, Yossi Aloni)
According to the agreement, the railway workers committed to industrial peace until near the end of 2027, a duration of four years and 7 months.
The employees will only be able to protest if new issues arise that were not settled in the agreement, and the management refuses to discuss them.
The employees pledged to agree to the establishment of a dispute settlement committee with the management, and to act to settle disputes when necessary through dialogue between the Histadrut chairman and the railway's CEO.
"During the whole negotiation there were organizational measures, but always without harming the passengers.
Shutting down trains is the reactor in Dimona, it is a doomsday weapon.
Something that is done when all the summers are over, after the court approved and only after a few days' warning to the passengers," says Hillel.
Another issue settled in the agreement is the work on Saturday, which the train performs in accordance with the approvals of the Ministry of Economy, in order to take advantage of the days when the tracks are free for infrastructure work that would otherwise require them to be closed and impair service to passengers.
Most of the infrastructure works are carried out by external contractors, many of them foreigners such as the employees of the Spanish company SEMI which performs the electrification works, but sometimes urgent works are needed on the tracks.
The agreement states that the railway management will be able to ask railwaymen and operators of mechanical engineering equipment up to 4 times a year to work on Shabbat, and only if you are unable to assemble full teams can you turn to hiring external employees for this purpose.
In general, the agreement will lead to the reduction of outsourced jobs in the railway through the absorption of dozens of Bombardier company employees who maintain trains produced by the company, external development and infrastructure workers, as Israel Railways employees.
The agreement also guarantees job security for the workers who are currently employed in the old IC railcar system, which is about to be retired, and all the workers involved in the repair and refueling of the diesel locomotives, which are being replaced by electric trains.
The latter will be guaranteed a job for the next 16 years.