Histadrut Raises Fee

Salaried workers belonging to the Histadrut labor federation will pay slightly higher membership fees beginning with their May paychecks. The Histadrut is hiking its members' fee from 0.9 percent to 0.95 percent.

Non-members who are part of collective work agreements will have to pay 0.8 percent instead of 0.7 percent of their monthly salaries in a fee known as "organizational handling" fees.

The Histadrut justified the fee hike, which its leading representatives approved at the behest of its chair, MK Amir Peretz, based on the claim that the federation is about to expand its services to members, such as providing phone and online information on work conditions, salaries, labor laws, and pension insurance.

The Oz opposition faction in the Histadrut opposed the move, as did Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, who called it "a compulsory act intended to generate revenue for the Histadrut."