Social workers split over deal to end strike
The workers, who are essentially revolting against their own union, say the agreement does not give them a big enough raise.
The Histadrut labor federation, the social workers union and the government have finalized an agreement to end the social workers' strike, despite growing objections by many of the social workers themselves.
The workers, who are essentially revolting against their own union, say the agreement does not give them a big enough raise. Moreover, it requires them to work more weekly hours - 40.5 instead of 39.
The union claimed the internal revolt was organized by people with "political interests."
The agreement gives the workers an average raise of 25 percent, including the 7.25 percent given all public-sector workers. Much of the rest comes from an across-the-board increase of NIS 1,100 a month, to be instituted in four installments over the next four years.
That effectively gives lower-paid workers a higher percentage increase - up to 40 percent - while the best-paid workers will get only a 12 percent raise. The first installment, of NIS 400, will be retroactive to January 2011.
Women with young children will get an additional raise of NIS 300-500 a month. The agreement also guarantees social workers in the private sector a minimum monthly salary of NIS 7,000.