Since its inception, DWRC has been adopting complaints from Palestinian workers, whose rights have been denied by their employers in the Israeli and Palestinian labor markets. Through litigation in courts, negotiations with employers and law implementation, we obtained over 20 Million US dollars for workers and their families, mostly from Israeli employers.
In the Palestinian labor market, we adopt complaints from workers in the private and public sectors. Whenever possible, we seek to obtain negotiated settlements, as cases filed with courts can last for several years until a final decision has been issued and is implemented. For Palestinian workers in the Israeli labor market, we adopt mostly cases concerning work injuries compensation and collective cases to maximize the benefit of our intervention. Our lawyers also respond on a daily basis to workers’ inquiries about their rights based on the labor legislation applicable to their workplace. We provide these free legal consultations face to face, by phone through our hotline, by fax, e-mail or during meetings with groups of workers. Online legal advice is also available.
Thus, we have provided more than 59 thousand legal consultations, entailing financial benefits for many recipients, who were able to claim rights. Palestinian employers concerned with taking adequate measures to ensure proper implementation of the labor legislation in their organization or enterprise can also benefit from this service.
In addition, we offer technical legal assistance to individuals, workers’ committees and trade unions regarding work agreements, regulations which have a bearing on rights at work and internal statutes of unions.
Our legal aid unit also organizes mobile legal clinics, i.e. enables female and male workers to meet with labor lawyers and obtain legal advice in their places of residence and workplaces. In addition, we hold awareness meetings on labor and social rights in order to raise legal literacy of rights, and issue awareness brochures and guides.
In cooperation with other units, the legal unit undertakes training courses on legislation and rights, legal studies and advocacy work.