5 thoughts on “Egyptian revolution inspires Israeli workers

  1. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/5231/Egypt/Politics-/Suez-Canal-workers-go-on-strike-.aspx

    Suez Canal Company workers from the cities of Suez, Port Said, and Ismailia
    began an open-ended sit in today. Disruptions to shipping movements, as well
    as disasterous econmic losses, are expected if the strike continues. Over
    6000 protesters have agreed that they will not go home today once their
    shift is over and will continue their in front of the company’s headquarters
    until their demands are met. They are protesting against poor wages and
    deteriorating health and working condition

  2. Telecom Egypt employees protest for wages

    Employees of Telecom Egypt Company have staged a protest seeking better wages, a revision in the pay structure of the staff and the resignation of the company’s board of directors

    Ahram Online, Tuesday 8 Feb 2011

    The protest at Telecom Egypt began at 9AM today when thousands of workers demonstrated in front of the Ramses branch of the company, stating their demands, which include raises by 10 per cent and sacking the company’s managing director, Tarek Tantawi, threatining an open sit-in if their demands are not met.

    The demonstration later spread to other branches including those in Zamalek and Heliopolis.

    Workers rejected negotiating with Tantawi and insisted on directing their complaints to Minister of Communications and Information Technology Tarek Kamel directly.

    The headquarters of Telecom Egypt in the Smart Village also witnessed some strikes yesterday.

  3. Israeli social workers launch open-ended strike

    An announcement was made March 1 that around 10,000 social workers planned to begin an open-ended strike, calling for a 25 percent wage increase.

    The social workers have been in negotiations with the Finance Ministry’s wage director for the past six months. They are demanding a wage increase, in light of the fact that they have not received a raise in 17 years.

    The erosion of social workers’ salaries has led to a situation in which a third of them currently receive state income supplements to bring them up to the minimum wage.

    Margarita Slov, who has been employed in social work for more than 17 years, told the Jerusalem Post, “We are very upset that this could not be resolved without a strike…. How can we sit before the weaker segments of the population, hear their woes and cries for help, if we ourselves feel there is no justice in society and that the work we do is not appreciated enough?”

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/mar2011/wkrs-m04.shtml

  4. Workers at Haifa Chemical in Israel strike over pay and conditions

    Workers at Haifa Chemical in Israel held an eight-hour strike March 21. The workers also quit the Histadrut trade union federation, in response to what they said was a lack of progress in negotiations over a pay increase of 10 percent and voluntary retirement for first-generation workers.

    The workers have joined the Democratic Workers Organisation, a group that was founded in 2007 as a rival to the national union federation. In a statement, the organisation said the workers made the move in response to “hostile treatment and incitement” practiced by Haifa Chemical against the workers’ association. It said the Histadrut “not only did not support the workers, they justified the actions of the management.”

    Negotiations with management, launched through the Histadrut in December, have reached no agreement. The statement claimed the company also spread lies against the workers’ committee, and that the Histadrut did not respond to these provocations and instead decided to hold a meeting with the company management with the purpose of reaching a final deal without the participation or endorsement of the workers’ committee.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/apr2011/wkrs-a01.shtml

  5. Ex-spy chief: Iran attack idea stupid

    Israel: Ex-spy chief Meir Dagan upset establishment politicians yesterday by saying that any attack on Iran would be “stupid.”

    The former Mossad chief, who commanded the army’s bloody mission in southern Lebanon in the 1980s and is accused of war crimes, said that any strike could trigger war with Iran and Syria.

    Startled Defence Minister Ehud Barak retorted: “It is not wise to share such thoughts with the public.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/104382

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