West Bank settlement to apply Israeli law to Palestinian workers

09.10.2011                      12.Cheschwan. 5772

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West Bank settlement to apply Israeli law to Palestinian workers

Ma'aleh Adumim first town to contract municipal employees according to Israel directives, equalizing routine working conditions of Palestinian workers to those of Israel workers.

The Ma'aleh Adumim municipality came to a precedent-setting agreement with its Palestinian employees last week, whereby it agreed to recognize their rights in accordance with Israeli labor laws. Until now it was the Jordanian Labor Law from 1965 that was applied to the labor arrangements in this Jewish settlement beyond the Green Line, based on the local authority's legal argument that it is that law that applies in the territories.
The agreement is considered to be precedent-setting, because for the first time it relates to the routine employment conditions of Palestinian workers and their path to achieving equality of such conditions to those of Israeli workers. In the agreement, the Ma'aleh Adumim municipality committed to employing the workers under Israeli law and applying collective work agreements for municipal employees throughout the country. This means that henceforth, the Palestinian workers will enjoy social benefits from which they were previously excluded. Moreover, the municipality will pay the workers NIS 1.5 million, for wage differentials and for lawyers' fees….