The first half of 2018 has seen WAC-MAAN surge forward in unionizing and defending the rights of workers and the unemployed, in promoting the employment of Arab women, and in its activities against workplace accidents in construction. During this period WAC also initiated three public conferences.
B’Tselem: Joining WAC-MAAN in March 2018 were 40 Israeli and Palestinian employees of the human rights NGO B’Tselem, including several Palestinian field researchers who are citizens of the Palestinian Authority. Since B’Tselem is an organization that documents human rights violations by Israeli settlers and the army in the occupied territories, and since many of WAC’s activities are on the seam of the conflict, WAC is the natural place for B’Tselem employees to go for unionizing and regulating their job conditions. WAC is currently in negotiations with the NGO’s management for a collective agreement, based on equality of employment terms between Israelis and Palestinians. For B’Tselem see here https://www.btselem.org/
The Train Theatre: In April 2018, some 40 members of the Train Theatre joined WAC. This is a unique group of performing artists who until now had been taken on as service providers, not employees. Negotiations are expected to begin soon for a collective agreement which will establish them as employees and enable them to have a say in decision-making.
The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants: In July 2018, 20 workers from the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants asked to join WAC. This organization is the leading NGO defending migrants and refugees in Israel, including asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan. The management responded well, and negotiations are expected to begin in the coming weeks.