Histadrut announces protests and information campaign to tackle rising cost of living

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The Histadrut, Israel’s national labor federation, said Thursday it would protest the rising cost of living outside the homes of several senior Israeli executives as part of a campaign announced Tuesday by Histadrut leader Arnon Bar-David.

The decision was made at a meeting called Thursday morning by Bar-David for members of a task force set up by the organization to deal with the price hike.

According to a reading published by the Histadrut, the meeting focused on strategizing for a nationwide campaign to tackle the rising cost of living.

Initially, Histadrut operatives will stage large protests outside the homes of “senior executives,” the statement read, without providing further details.

The organization, which represents the majority of labor unions in Israel, has also launched an information campaign to raise awareness and help consumers save money by choosing cheaper items and avoiding products imported by companies that have recently announced price increases.

To this end, hundreds of Histadrut agents will be dispatched to malls across the country and the organization will further spread the message through billboards and the media.

In an impassioned speech on Tuesday, Bar-David called on Israeli consumers to boycott import giants Diplomat, Kimberly Clark and Schestowitz, who recently announced they were raising the prices of most of their products by 5 to 15 %.

“We citizens of the State of Israel are not prisoners of anyone,” Bar-David said. “A company that abuses citizens will face the consequences of its actions through a consumer boycott that we will implement starting today.”

Bar-David argued that these companies were trying to take advantage of the political chaos in Israel to make high profits on consumers, while their expenses had been drastically reduced due to lower transport costs in recent months.

At Thursday’s meeting, Eyal Karolizki, CEO of Together for You, the Histadrut consumer club in Israel, said dozens of products imported by Diplomat, Kimberly Clark and Schestowitz had already been removed from the club’s website. .

“We’re just getting started,” Bar-David said Thursday. “We are ready and determined to continue our fight until we see change and a lower cost of living in Israel.”

Rising costs have already affected some basic commodities, such as regulated food, housing, electricity and education.

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