10-04-2019

This month at Kav LaOved: one thing is evidently clear for all the workers who cannot vote – their lives and safety are of no interest to their employers. Unfortunately, because they are the most marginalized workers, their right to safe employment is easily disregarded. These workers whom have little options to refuse to fill a task for the fear of losing their livelihoods, too often take upon themselves dangerous tasks. During the past month we have witnessed more and more workers that this is their story. Mikhail, a construction worker from Moldova who came to Kav LaOved’s office, is a prime example of a worker who was seriously injured and was thrown to the street, unprotected. We can learn this also from the Thai agricultural workers who are left unsheltered from missiles in the south of Israel, and the Palestinian agricultural workers, whom we have met in a workshop on workplace safety. The police unit “Peles”, which was established in order to investigate work accidents, could have guarded these workers’ safety. Unfortunately, following a recent publication resulting from Kav LaOved’s inquiry, it does not investigate those accidents. Also: some tips for workers, for the Election Day on Tuesday.