1957 – Strikes at a Textile Factory

By Miriam Clifton (Israel Tour Chanicha 2017)
A strike breaks out in the ATA Textile factory, after failed negotiations between the owners and the workers’ representatives over the terms of the workers’ collective agreement and the management intent to fire a percentage of the workers. Despite the attempt of government involvement in ending the dispute including an offer to transfer the matter to the personal mediation of PM Ben-Gurion, the strike is held until 19 August, when an agreement is signed between the factory’s management and the workers’ representatives from the Histadrut.
This really interests me because historically speaking I’ve only ever learnt about syndicalism and the trade union movement through a British lens, and learning about the role of collective action and socialism in Israel in a context other than relating to Kibbutzim is interesting to explore