According to data presented by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Palestinian employees in Israeli factories earn two-to-three times more than the average pay earned by the general Palestinian population, and they receive full social benefits as prescribed by Israeli law. The average daily wages for Palestinians employed by Israelis increased from 178.9 NIS in the third quarter of 2013 to 182.9 NIS in the fourth quarter of the year.
At the same time, the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida article condemned Palestinian employers for taking advantage of their workers, PMW points out. “Whenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to quit their jobs with their Palestinian employers – for reasons having to do with salaries and other rights… The [Israeli] work conditions are very good, and include transportation, medical insurance and pensions. These things do not exist with Palestinian employers.”
The article compares the work conditions provided by Israeli and Palestinian employers.
“Muhammad Al-Hinnawi, a construction worker, says: ‘I receive a daily salary of 70 shekels, without pension, and I have no other choice.’ By contrast, Thaer Al-Louzi, who used to work for an Israeli concrete factory, notes: ‘I received a salary of 140 shekels a day. Now, after I was injured, I receive a salary through the insurance.’”