Hundreds of companies, including dozens of high-tech companies, will shut down their operations throughout the country today (Monday) to allow their employees to strike and protest against the legal reform.
According to the organizers of the protest, thousands of doctors, medical staff, and women and men from the mental health system, many hundreds of high-tech companies, hundreds of law firms, small businesses, restaurants, lecturers and students, high school students, parents and children, architects and planners, and employees from all branches and sectors sat down. who are not part of the organization and have independently notified employers of absence from work, including at workplaces where the workers are unionized within the Histadrut.
Many hundreds of hi-tech companies intend to strike.
High-tech workers protest, photo: Yehoshua Yosef
However, the largest companies in the economy in various areas of consumption, such as malls, fashion chains, food companies, retail chains and more, have not yet expressed a willingness to shut down their activities, and they are trying not to take a position on the matter.
A senior official in the trade industry explained in a conversation with "Israel Today" why the trade industry does not participate in the strike for the most part: "If there is no end-to-end shutdown, then when you close one chain you send the customers to the stores across the street inside the mall or inside the Power Center. It is impossible to do that In our approach, we tried to be balanced, to be in the middle, we called on both sides to talk."
The Histadrut still does not intervene
Similar to the trading chains, the Histadrut General is also careful not to express a position on the issue.
On Thursday, the chairman of the Histadrut Arnon Bar David wrote to the members of the Histadrut: "I use all my power and the power of the Histadrut for real mediation between the parties.
I will use the strength of the Histadrut against any attempt to harm workers' rights, and at the right time."
"I will use the power of the Histadrut against any attempt to harm workers' rights, and at the right time."
Bar David, photo: Yehoshua Yosef
In the meantime, organizations of private business owners are emerging, who have decided, despite the difficulties, to shut down the businesses and allow the workers to protest.
In the restaurant sector, there are individual businesses that are on strike.
It should be noted that these businesses decided to strike despite the economic significance, as they immediately feel the strike in their pockets.
The civil servants who wish to strike also received a reminder last weekend from the salary division of the Ministry of Finance.
"As is customary, wages will not be paid to an employee who is absent from work unless it is a day off or sick leave," the Treasury statement said.
Shufersal will allow workers to strike
In the Shufersal network, employees who want to demonstrate and take a day off are allowed, at their own expense.
In the letter written by Uri Waterman, the CEO of Shufersal Group for employees, it is stated that "I would like to make it clear that every employee has the right to demonstrate and express himself and we respect that. Any employee who chooses not to come to work this coming Monday, will be asked to contact the direct manager /e for the purpose of approving a day off.
Allow its workers to strike.
Shufersel, photo: Yossi Zeliger
More in the field of restaurants: there will also be a strike today at the Bichicalta restaurant.
According to Shani Marks and Zana, one of the owners of the place, "We believe in the democracy of the State of Israel and therefore we think that it is necessary to give our employees the opportunity to go to Jerusalem to protest. It will be almost impossible if we don't close."
The spokesperson of the restaurant union said: "The union does not have a mandate from its members to take a position or alternatively take active action on civil issues however controversial they may be."
As mentioned in the shopping malls and in the retail sector there was no declaration of a strike.
According to Nir Shmol, CEO of the Shanir company that markets commercial space for malls, "Unlike other businesses such as high-tech, there was no call from the big companies to shut down the malls and the economy.
I think company owners did sit, but individually."
"I think that company owners did sit, but individually."
Teachers also sat
The Municipality of Tel Aviv announced that it will allow teachers who wish to strike as part of a protest against the changes in the judicial system.
Education Minister Yoav Kish warned and said that teachers who choose to strike will not be paid and that students who do not come to school will be charged a deduction.
Jerusalem in protest
Following the expected protest in front of the Knesset House in Jerusalem in Jerusalem, below are expected changes in vehicle traffic arrangements starting in the morning and the blocking of the following streets:
- Eliezer Kaplan Street will be blocked in the section between Derech Rupin Street (Hakhor Square) and Agrant Square (Rabin St.).
- Rothschild Street will be blocked in the section between Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard and the Knesset building.
- Sixth President Street will be blocked in the section between Rabin St. and the intersection of the streets from the State Comptroller - Aliyah.
- Rupin Street will be blocked in the section between the Hazaz-Ben Zvi street intersection and the Wolfson-Lorch Nathaniel street intersection.
We note that as a result of these blockades, there may be traffic congestion in the nearby streets as well.
The motoring public is asked to obey the instructions of the police officers at roadblocks and choose alternative routes.
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