Israel - Refusal to recognise representative trade union organisations

Anti-union discrimination is often combined with the refusal to recognise representative trade union organisations. Employers often delayed collective bargaining negotiations in an attempt to block an agreement or proposed clauses incompatible with workers’ fundamental rights. This was the case with McDonalds. Domino’s Pizza first entered in negotiations over a collective agreement, and then withdrew without any meaningful explanation. Subsequently, both companies started to refuse to conduct negotiations, on any issues, with their respective representative trade union organisations. There were also cases of companies trying to create “yellow” unions in order to subsequently imitate collective bargaining. For example, Amdocs created a mock employee committee in order to imitate collective bargaining and to by-pass the trade union organisation. The action has been successfully blocked after the labour court prohibited negotiations with a non-independent workers’ representation.

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