Will the labor dispute that was announced yesterday at the barn escalate into a complete shutdown of the company's employees?
In less than a month, the new labor agreement for 4,200 barn workers should be signed.
Right before the signing date, the Histadrut announced a labor dispute at the company's dry marlog in Shaam, one of the divisions where the negotiations
on wage increases until the end of March 2021 have not yet ended.
which was met with overwhelming opposition from the management, which was not prepared to raise the workers' wages no matter what. In retrospect, it turned out that the representatives of the management conducted negotiations behind the backs of the workers' committees and raised their wages, without informing the Histadrut. Since the schedule is short, if this agreement and the other agreements are not
signed The open ones in the company, talks about which have been going on for two years, in two weeks the Histadrut will be able to start a strike.
A barn factory in the south.
The labor dispute refers to the Marlog in Shaam (photo: Yaniv Khalif, Yaniv Khalif)
"The decision is up to me"
"It is unthinkable that the management would hold negotiations with a small group of workers outside of the agreement and a minute before signing the overall agreement," says
Eliezer Bello, chairman of the Food and Pharmaceutical Workers' Union
"The management insisted that it did not have the necessary budget to raise the salaries of the Marlog employees and suddenly the budget was found to improve the conditions of a small group of employees.
We have no problem with giving special allowances to some employees, but this should be done in consultation with us.
"In September 2022, we announced a nationwide labor dispute in Osem due to the delay in signing the horizontal agreement for the company's 4,200 employees. After the strike, we reached an agreement that provides a minimum wage of 6,000 shekels at the time of signing and north of five years. The agreement is supposed to be signed in March 2023 and come into effect in April, the problem is that not all The salary agreements in the company were closed.
"The decision on a national labor dispute is in my hands. If I see that there are broad consequences and foot-dragging in closing the agreements that have not yet been signed, something that will affect the signing of the broad agreement, we will shut down the company."
Masem said in response
: "It is a point of disagreement with one of the committees, and this is being handled"