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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 11:37 AM
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1. Most of Israel's expendable workers are women
Edited on Tue Nov-08-11 11:37 AM by bemildred
By Merav Michaeli

As usual, discussions about subcontracted work, phrased in masculine plural in Hebrew, euphemistically disguise the fact that as in the cases of teachers or social workers, the people in question are exploited women laborers. These women workers earn starvation wages, and are treated like merchandise by their employers.

Yes, once again I am counting the number of women as opposed to men. But reality compels me to do so - and there are no general figures relating to male and female workers employed by contractors in Israel. Yet a sample of 12,000 wages of such subcontracted workers discloses that more than two-thirds of them are women.

The three primary areas in which workers are engaged by such contractors are security protection, caregiving and cleaning. Virtually all workers in these areas are employed by contractors; and the vast majority of laborers in them are women. Moreover, in cases of employment via such contractors, male laborers earn more than their female counterparts.

Out of the 12,000 salaries that were examined for us by Oketz Systems, a company that specializes in wage management, the distribution among caregivers was 15 percent men and 85 percent women. The average salary for men was NIS 3,892, as compared to NIS 2,859 for women. The cleaning sphere, in which women constitute 93% of the workers, is the only one in which employees earn less than the minimum wage: 21.45 NIS per hour. In parallel, this is the branch in which the average number of monthly hours is the highest. In other words, women are forced to work many more hours as cleaners in order to obtain compensation levels enjoyed by men as security guards.
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