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Labor in IsraelBeyond Nationalism and Neoliberalism$
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Jonathan Preminger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501717123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501717123.001.0001

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The Ideological Struggle

The Ideological Struggle

The Delegitimization of Organized Labor

(p.105) 8 The Ideological Struggle
Labor in Israel

Jonathan Preminger

Cornell University Press

Continuing the investigation into the labor-capital balance of power, Chapter 8 addresses the second of the three planes of struggle, that of ideological struggle. The chapter explores the delegitimation of organized labor in the press and how worker activists perceive this, as well as hostility towards organized labor from the political elites. This delegitimation is analyzed in the context of changing judicial narratives and the “constitutional revolution”, particularly the liberalization of labor law and the prominence of the “balance of rights” concept, including the increasing importance of third parties to labor disputes. These changes, reflected in the National Labor Court’s landmark Pelephone ruling, have undermined the salience of workers’ rights and collective rights, and strengthened employers’ rights. They have also realigned the front, pitting organized labor against “the public” as opposed to workers against their employer.

Keywords:   ideological struggle, delegitimation, organized labor, constitutional revolution, liberalization, labor law, balance of rights, National Labor Court, Pelephone ruling

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