Unlikely Unionists – Organised Labour in the Israeli ICT Sector
An unprecedented unionising trend has been witnessed among Israeli ICT workers since 2014, leading to the formation of the first works councils in this sector and the first CBAs being concluded by workers and employers. This unionising momentum has come amid years of declining membership rates at Israeli trade unions.
This paper examines the actions and measures taken by an Israeli trade union in the last decade in order to increase union density in the ICT sector – measures which were developed and implemented directly as a reaction to a growing interest among ICT professionals wishing to unionise their workplaces.
The analysis includes a description of the labour market context in which unionisation has emerged, points to key structural and legal developments in the Israeli labour market as well as unions’ restructuring and revitalisation processes and effective use of different power resources.