Following four years of complex and difficult negotiations, IUF affiliate the Food and Pharmaceutical Union-Histadrut signed a national collective bargaining agreement in the catering sector which delivers important wage growth over the term of the agreement. The agreement will apply to all catering company workers who work for service clients, in central kitchens in full-time and part-time jobs including site managers, shift managers, head chef, cook assistants, waiters, dishwashers, and administration workers in sites and central kitchens.
Key components of the agreement include:
- Wage increases which move from 10% above the minimum wage to 16% above the minimum wage over the five phases of the four year agreement
- The establishment of a study fund from employer and worker contributions
- Holiday bonuses and a ‘perseverance’ bonus
Eliezer Belo, Chairman of the Food and Pharmaceutical Workers’ Union-Histadrut, stated, “After long and complex negotiations, we have reached an unprecedented achievement. The agreement lays the foundation for improving the employment conditions of workers in the sector. Thanks to the achievements of the agreement, the work in the field of catering will be attractive to more workers in a sector that is begging for working hands.”
The Histadrut media release can be found here.