Israel - Problems for Palestinian workers (2011)

The ILO reports that there are 60,000 Palestinians working legally and illegally in Israel. These workers face serious daily problems with crossing borders between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and are sometimes harassed and humiliated by border guards. In addition, some 20,000 Palestinians work in the West Bank for very low wages. The situation of these workers is exacerbated by the fact that they are afraid to make complaints against the Israeli employers, which results in limited inspection of workplaces.

Jordanian labour law has been applied to the territories since 1965, but in October 2007 the High Court of Israel ruled that Palestinians working for Israeli employers in the West Bank should be governed by Israeli, rather than Jordanian, labour law.

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