Court Uniform? OK, but ...

Court employees may have to don uniforms after complaints of inappropriate attire.

A solid majority of judges, registrars and administrative workers support introducing a uniform for all 2,500 employees of the legal system, but the workers' union has several conditions.

A recent poll conducted by request of the Courts Administration revealed that 82 percent of judges and registrars support the move, compared to only 63 percent of the administrative staff. The Courts Administration ordered the poll to determine how controversial such a move would be, following repeated complaints from court presidents, judges, attorneys and the public that administrative employees were inappropriately dressed.

Danny Hasson, chairman of the Courts Administration workers union, told Haaretz that employees will agree to don uniforms if several pre-conditions are met. Hasson demands that managers will not punish employees if they report for work sans uniform, provided they have a good reason. He also demands that workers will continue to receive their yearly clothing bonus, that lockers be set at the offices so that workers won't have to carry their uniform to and from work, and that if implemented, the move would include all workers, including clerks at the Courts Administration's offices.

Hasson expects the union to be called for negotiations on the matter. The Courts Administration said that it hopes to come to an agreement with the union.

Employees of the Bailiff's Office began wearing uniforms two years ago, after its employees' union brokered a deal.