Israel is a destination country for victims of labor trafficking from Thailand, Turkey, China, the Philippines, India, and Serbia among other countries.
Approximately 24,600 migrant workers in Israel are employed in the agricultural sector. Each year Kav LaOved assists approximately 3,000 agricultural workers who are deprived of fair employment terms and conditions by informing them of their employment rights.
Israel's labor force of 3.5 million workers has a median salary of 6,426 NIS/month, exposing the large pay gaps in the labor market. 25% of workers are employed via outsourcing, and are exposed to exploitation and abuse of their social rights. Kav LaOved serves about 6,000 Israeli workers each year.
70,000 Palestinians from the OPT work in Israel, most in construction, and many in agriculture, industry, and service jobs. Another 30,000 work in Israeli settlements. KLO assists more than 3,000 Palestinian workers per year regarding various issues.
Almost 70,000 migrant caregivers work in Israel and care for older persons and people with disabilities. They usually come from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, about a third from the Philippines. Caregivers in Israel work unreasonable long hours, their salary is often reduced by unjust deductions and fines, and their right to a family and to romantic relationships is severely limited by law.
KLO primarily helps refugees and asylum seekers from the African continent, the majority of whom are from Eritrea and Sudan.
Israel employs tens of thousands of housecleaners. Kav LaOved assists 350 housecleaners per month through reception in our office, social networking, and our hotline. Due to the nature of this field, where the work might be ad hoc, this sector presents unique challenges to workers.
The state of Israel has demonstrated continuous incompetence in dealing with the phenomena of work accidents in the construction sector. Each year, dozens of workers are killed due to unsafe working conditions, and no one is held responsible.