Jonathan Preminger, is PhD Student in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Activists face bureaucrats: the failure of the Israeli social workers' campaign
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2013
© 2013 Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Industrial Relations Journal
Volume 44, Issue 5-6, pages 462–478, November 2013
How to Cite
Preminger, J. (2013), Activists face bureaucrats: the failure of the Israeli social workers' campaign. Industrial Relations Journal, 44: 462–478. doi: 10.1111/irj.12029
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2013
The Israeli social workers' campaign of 2011 enjoyed widespread support, a groundswell of rank-and-file participation, and democratic representation through new organisations pushing for a protracted struggle, yet the collective agreement seemingly imposed by the Histadrut fell far short of expectations. This article explains this discrepancy by asserting that the new organisations' ‘radical’ organising approach threatened the labour federation's long history of social partnership and its main strategies for retaining its hegemony. Thus incompatibility between the social partnership approach and the more radical ‘organising’ approach may explain the failure of a collective campaign and shed light on cases where the union appears to be suppressing or neutralising the aspirations of the workers it claims to represent.