One example came from a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem and a Sodastream employee, whose wife is a West Bank resident and whose children have severe medical problems. According to the man’s court testimony, an Israeli security guard at the company promised him that he could arrange for his wife to receive entry permits, or to enter Israel without papers with the help of a contact in the Border Police — so long as the Palestinian man helped to break up the attempts at unionization:
He claimed he was a security guard, but he was not wearing the security company’s uniform, he had no weapon, and no two-way radio…
The employee initially agreed to help act against the workers, but discovered that the security guard couldn’t keep his promises, and now supports the trade union’s organizing.
The reliance of these employees on bureaucracy and permits from a military regime is a weakness that can be exploited against their colleagues.
Similarly, Bedouin women working at the Sodastream factory have reported that managers at the plant have approached their husbands and asked them to order their wives not to go on strike. In one instance, an employee claimed that a Sodastream manager had told her husband that the strike would involve her having to sleep in a tent with other men.