Workers' confidence grows
Fired high-tech employees and pay cuts symbolized the outbreak of the economic crisis, but by the fourth quarter of 2009, employees who kept their jobs felt a turnaround in their circumstances. Business recovered, companies began to hire again, and salaries rose.
The weighted "Globes"-Shemer employment index showed a 0.8-point rise in optimism in the job market to 58.2 points (out of 100 points) in December from 57.4 points in October.
These trends may explain why, at New Year's 2010, 31% of respondents in a survey by "Globes" and Ariel Shemer & Co. Law Offices felt comfortable in asking for pay raise and 28% are seeking better jobs with higher pay. 42% of the respondents who said that they are asking for a raise are middle income-earners, and 39% of them are residents of the Negev. 35% of the respondents who said that they are seeking a better job are younger than 34.
A specialist in labor law, Adv. Ariel Shemer said, "These figures indicate that the sense of crisis is over, and that a wave of labor disputes is approaching. Employers exploited the crisis to cut salaries and fire employees. Employees now feel safer, so they're daring to seek better job terms."
The survey of 500 respondents included salaried employees, self-employed persons, and unemployed persons. The survey found that 61% of public sector employees, who are not members of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel), said that if it were up to them they'd join the union. 34% of private sector employees said the same.
Shemer said, "The high proportion of employees interested in unionizing is evidence of the Histadrut's marketing success, but also of its failure that so many employees want to unionize but feel that they can't."
Currently, only 28% of all salaried employees in Israel are members of the Histadrut.
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