Here’s what’s on the agenda for today’s monthly update. KavLaOved’s survey shows that the majority of Thai agriculture workers in Israel receive less than the legal minimum wage. Jean Trapal, a caregiver, tearfully describes the caregiving job in first-person. Our new training series in workers’ rights for Palestinians women took off last month. The training is part of a larger project funded by the European Union called “Dignity at Work.”
The Majority of Thai Workers Receive Less than the Legal Minimum Wage – Law Enforcement is Nowhere to be Found. 

KavLaOved’s survey among Thai agriculture workers yielded some very alarming results.
Eighty-three percent of respondents reported that they do not get minimum wage and 48% reported that they have to work seven days a week. Ninety percent of respondents stated that when they approached the agency tasked with assisting them in addressing labor rights violations and asked for assistance in addressing these illegal work conditions, no help was provided.
As the survey shows, employers in the agriculture sector suffer almost zero legal consequences for their large-scale labor law violations. The Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) reports an ongoing decrease in official investigations regarding agricultural workers’ rights. Our monitoring efforts confirm this—we see fewer and fewer financial sanctions being imposed on exploitative employers. For instance, according to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, in 2019 only two employers in the agriculture sector were sanctioned due to workers’ rights violations. Click here for the full report (Hebrew).

Jean Trapal, a caregiver, provides a window into the life of a caregiver. 

“For me, caregiving is a commitment. Not just a job” - says Jean Trapal, a caregiver and an activist for Filipina caregivers’ rights, in a speech she gave during the Adva Center’s conference about the caregiving shortage in Israel. Jean provided conference participants with a much-needed point of view from a caregivers herself, while also reminding the audience that we all have a great responsibility to those who need caring for. Her heart-warming words touched everyone in the crowd. “The elderly person is special. They deserve love, care, effort and time. Not only from us, but also from you – the children. They need us, yes, they need us. This is a selfless kind of job and a vulnerable one too. We talk about life, about their lives. That’s the reason we are committed to them. We have an personal relationship with them, like with our own parents. Sometimes it’s like we have a baby; we can go outside at any time of the day and we will still think about them. That is how much we love your parents. This is how much we love your grandparents. This is how much we love them. Caregiving for me is like a call.” 
Jean’s words in the conference remind us just how important it is to hear the voices of caregivers who take care of so many people in this country. They are too often seen as  “merchandise,” stripped of their humanity. We must pay attention to their voices and experiences, in order to deepen our understanding of the caregiving profession so that we all can solve the care deficit problem in Israel together. Click here to watch the full video (English).
Labor Law Training Program for Palestinian Women takes off!

We’re happy to announce that the first session in our labor law training project for Palestinian women! The session took place in Tulkarem, as a part of the “Dignity in Work” project, which seeks to promote fair employment of Palestinian workers in Israel. The project, a partnership between KavLaOved  and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, is supported by the European Union. A total of 11 women will participate in the year-long project through which they will learn about workers’ rights and spread the information in their commuityand social networks, helping to educate the broader Palestinian community. Click here for the event’s photos.
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