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The pact includes provisions to base future relations on negotiations, dialogue and joint initiatives to advance “fraternity and coexistence between the two peoples.”  The new agreement draws on an initial 1995 agreement which had not been fully implemented.

Key features of the agreement include the reimbursement by Histadrut to the PGFTU of the outstanding balance of union and legal fees paid since 1993 by Palestinians working for Israeli employers. The reimbursement is based on a detailed analysis.

In future, at least 50 per cent of the fees paid to Israeli employers will be transferred to the PGFTU to enable both organizations to provide representation, legal and
other trade union services to the workers.

Implementation of the agreement, negotiated through the International Trade Union Council (ITUC), will be overseen by a joint committee of the two centrals.

The Israeli national trade union centre Histadrut and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) reached a landmark agreement this week to protect the rights of Palestinian workers employed by Israeli employers.