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The Socialist 7 July 2021

Fight is on to Save our NHS

The Socialist issue 1141

Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour


The struggle for world socialism


Fight is on to save our NHS

NHS workers' protests


Fund the measures needed to stop the Covid spread in schools

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

Bristol: Police to blame for protest violence


Royal London Hospital strike win

Morrisons private equity takeover proposals - Usdaw needs to move to a war footing

Safety campaign in DWP: What has happened to our ballot?

Striking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'

Striking Ealing parking attendants rally outside council

Derby academies closed by strikes against brutal cuts and changes

Oaks Park strikers rally


Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant


COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload


Rising against a rigged and rotten system

Why did I choose the Socialist Party?

Housing: Join the service charge 'strike'

Stop environmental destruction in Barnsley

"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting

We need funds to fight Tory NHS attacks

Road closures: Hackney residents have not been consulted


The story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver

Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?

TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol

 
 
 
 
 

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Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload

Strike leader Eli Badash addressing a national meeting of reps from 30 hospitals to prepare for the strike

Strike leader Eli Badash addressing a national meeting of reps from 30 hospitals to prepare for the strike   (Click to enlarge)

Amnon Cohen

Ancillary staff at government hospitals in Israel are taking strike action, starting on 13 July, after three years of negotiations with the ministry of finance.

An agreement was not reached over the question of workload. The finance ministry totally ignored the demands of the workers leading the negotiations into a dead end.

The issues in dispute are unsustainable workload, which is crushing the ancillary staff, extra payments for dealing with Covid, and refusal of the finance ministry to implement the decisions of its own committee which recommended pay parity with the workforce of the Kupat Holim (health fund) Clalit hospitals. Israelis are obliged to become members of one of four health funds, of which Clalit is the largest.

Workers' demands

CWI supporter Eli Yossef, a trade union steward at Assaf Harofeh hospital in central Israel, where the ancillary workers committee organises 1,200 staff, said: "The staff in the Clalit hospitals earn 12% more than staff in the government hospitals. The Padeh committee ruled that government health workers should get parity.

"But years later the recommendation has not been implemented. Meanwhile, the workload is unsustainable. Urgent tests are delayed for months because of a lack of staff. We will be holding a mass meeting on Sunday to discuss our action".

Eli Badash, the strike leader, also spoke to us:

"The government set up a committee 20 years ago to look at the pay differentials between the wages in the health fund hospitals and in the government hospitals, which ruled that the government must award a pay rise to give workers in government hospitals pay parity. But this decision was never implemented.

"The 13,000 workers in the government hospitals decided to take strike action three years ago, but the employers took out an injunction against the strike, demanding that the two sides settle their differences by negotiations.

"The negotiations got nowhere and the union took management to the National Labour Court, which ruled that management was not negotiating in good faith and cancelled the strike ban injunction.

"That was four months ago, but we did not take strike action as it was in the height of the Covid pandemic.

"There will be a strike meeting of representatives of 30 hospitals, representing 13,000 ancillary workers, that will plan the details of the strike, which will take place on 13 July.

"The workers have already had support from all the other workers' committees in the hospitals, including the nurses' union which took successful strike action last year".

  • Messages of solidarity can be sent to Eli Badash at [email protected]
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  • The Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) is the socialist international organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to.
  • See also: Israel/Palestine national question - Can the Israeli working class play a progressive role?' on socialistparty.org.uk

In this issue


What we think

Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour


The Struggle for World Socialism

The struggle for world socialism


NHS

Fight is on to save our NHS

NHS workers' protests


News

Fund the measures needed to stop the Covid spread in schools

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

Bristol: Police to blame for protest violence


Workplace news

Royal London Hospital strike win

Morrisons private equity takeover proposals - Usdaw needs to move to a war footing

Safety campaign in DWP: What has happened to our ballot?

Striking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'

Striking Ealing parking attendants rally outside council

Derby academies closed by strikes against brutal cuts and changes

Oaks Park strikers rally


Socialist history

Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant


International news

COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload


Campaigns news

Rising against a rigged and rotten system

Why did I choose the Socialist Party?

Housing: Join the service charge 'strike'

Stop environmental destruction in Barnsley

"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting

We need funds to fight Tory NHS attacks

Road closures: Hackney residents have not been consulted


Reviews

The story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver

Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?

TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol


 

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