Libcom.org Jul 28 2011
Palestinian quarry workers at an Israeli settlement in the occupied
territories have gone on strike over unpaid wages.
The strike began last month at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim, in
occupied East Jerusalem. The workers demands included a pay raise, and end
to the withholding of pay, arranges pension provision and signs a
collective agreement with the workers.
The action is supported by WAC-Ma'an, an independent trade union based in
Israel that states that is aims to unite "workers regardless of
nationality, religion, gender or the color of their skin." The strike
began on June 16th after quarry management failed to attend a meeting
organised to discuss a collective bargaining agreement.
The Israeli-owned Salit quarry are employed to break rocks down to gravel.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians work in similar conditions in
Israeli-owned businesses, rarely with any form of union organisation.