Israel: Complaints by migrant workers in the construction and the agricultural sectors soared in 2018
Author: EYTAN HALON, The Jerusalem Post, Published on: 16 May 2019
REPORT: COMPLAINTS BY MIGRANT WORKERS SOARED IN 2018", May 16th 2019
Some 2,657 complaints and inquiries were received last year by the Center for Migrant Workers' dedicated call center for workers.
Calls concerned wage complaints, including complaints regarding unpaid wages, wages that do not comply with the law and wages paid without an accompanying pay slip. Other calls involved complaints regarding the conduct of an employer or manpower agency. Calls on other subjects, including healthcare, non-withdrawal of worker deposits and lack of work permits, represented 7% of calls received by the center.
Last year, 103 complaints regarded safety in the agriculture and construction sectors, accounting for approximately 4% of all complaints. Thai agricultural workers issued 63 safety-related complaints, of which 52 were for exposure to hazardous chemicals.
The highest number of applicants came from workers in the construction industry in 2018, despite construction workers being outnumbered by agricultural workers.