A just workforce is a key to promoting social justice. A critical issue affecting the Israeli workforce is the practice of sub contracting employees. Subcontracted employees currently number approximately 400,000, more than 10% of Israel’s workforce. This figure represents the highest percent of subcontracted employees in the OECD. If in the past indirect employment patterns were limited to blue collar laborers and the underprivileged, today the phenomenon is prevalent among all classes of Israeli society.
Shatil plays a key role in combating the phenomenon through a number of channels:
- Working with the Direct Employment Coalition, consolidating the infrastructure of this alliance of socially-oriented organizations dedicated to lead the struggle against the pattern of indirect employment. We provide hands-on assistance to the coalition as it works to raise public awareness, engage in advocacy efforts, and provide support and guidance to local groups of employees.
- Providing direct guidance to local organizations representing specific professions such as the Forum of Educational Professions, The Forum of Treatment Organizations and the Forum of Health Professions. Much of this work concentrates on empowering disadvantaged members of society such as women residing in peripheral regions and providing them with an opportunity at social mobility.
- Spearheading the promotion of direct employment in the Knesset, working in conjunction with the direct employment coalition to promote policies prohibiting indirect employment in the public sector, co-organizing a conference on direct employment in the Knesset, and establishing the Knesset’s direct employment caucus.
Equalizing Wages for Women in Israel
Equalizing Wages in Israel’s Workforce is a three-year initiative, implemented by the Israel Women’s Network, the Adva Center and Shatil, in consultation with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). The project works on a number of levels to increase awareness, knowledge and capacities to equalize wages, among the general public and among key actors in the public and private sectors; and to promote policies, practices and regulations that will help combat gender-based salary discrimination. With each project partner bringing its distinct added-value, the project is expected to provide an important contribution to reducing wage gaps between men and women, thereby helping to shape a more just and equitable workforce in Israel.
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