Ninety-two percent of Israeli employers violate labor laws with impunity, according to a report published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
The report, based on Ministry of Trade and Industry figures, said the government is one of the leading violators — systematically depriving workers of their basic rights and cash benefits.
New immigrants, especially those from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, as are Palestinian workers from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, foreign laborers, women and minors, the report found.
It rapped the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for employing just 200 mostly part-time inspectors to enforce all Israeli labor laws nationwide.
Of those, just 18 are dedicated to protecting workers’ rights, the report added.
Israeli labor laws date back to the 1950s, when the country was a social welfare state dominated by the Labor Party, and when most workers were salaried blue-collar laborers who would generally stay with one employer for many years.
Labor laws prevent unfair dismissals, guarantee a minimum wage and protect women and minors, but they have not changed to adapt to shifting workplace realities, the report said.
The 100-page report — “Working Without Dignity” — was published Sunday to mark the start of international Human Rights Week.
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