In the framework of the agreement: a signing bonus of NIS12,000 (equivalent to US$3,133) will be given to all workers; a wage increase of about 20% and wage increases like those that will be given in the public sector *** Also, conditions of second‑generation workers will be equalized to first‑generation workers, allocations to provident funds will be increased and about 80 operational workers in personal contracts will be absorbed in the collective agreement *** Chairman of the Transport Workers Union: "This is a worthy agreement that protects the job security of railway workers and appropriate salary increases when the absolute majority of the maintenance work remains with the railway workers"
The Transport Workers Union in the Histadrut and the railway employees' committee are signing tonight, at midnight (December 7), a collective agreement in the railway.
In the framework of the agreement, all railway workers will receive a signing bonus of NIS12,000 (equivalent to US$3,133). In addition, a wage increase of about 20% will be given in a few phases. In addition, workers will be eligible for wage increases that will be set in the public sector.
It was also achieved in the agreement that the conditions of second‑generation workers will be equalized to the conditions of first‑generation workers. This is including convalescence pay, day care centers, holiday camps and per diem for overtime.
It was also agreed that about 80 operational workers in the development agreement employed in personal contracts, like the railway workers, will be included in the collective agreement.
In addition, allocations for provident funds will be increased and layoffs will not be carried out in the mobile and cargo divisions. In addition, an employee with a seniority of 15 years in the railway who does not have an academic degree will be able to compete for job positions that have a requirement for an academic degree. Support and operating center workers and field technicians in the computing department will also be employed in the collective agreement. In addition, the fuelers will also be absorbed in the collective agreement in the railway. Another achievement is that the cashiers will also be absorbed in the collective agreement and they will be given a one‑time grant of NIS 1,000 (equivalent to US$261). Another accomplishment was that railway workers will perform track maintenance, and the eligibility age for free tickets for railway workers' children will increase from 18 to 25.
The agreement also states that 70% of future railway cars maintenance will be handled by the maintenance staff of the railway and will not be outsourced. In addition, it was agreed that all work of driving and operating the facilities of the railway cargo system will be done solely by railway workers. This is despite the creation of a subsidiary for cargo.
Chairman of the Trade Union Division in the Histadrut, Avi Nissenkorn said today: "This is a worthy agreement that reinforces both the organized labor in the railway and the job security of the workers. Another significance of the agreement is that the maintenance work will remain in the majority in the hands of railway workers. The Histadrut will continue and accompany the railway workers and will be their shield for everything that they will need. "
Chairman of the Transport Workers Union, Avi Edri said today: "After a long and intensive struggle we reached a worthy agreement that protects the job security of railway workers and appropriate salary increases, when the absolute majority of the maintenance work remains with the railway workers."