Israel's unemployment rate at lowest in 13 years
The main front page article of today's edition of Ma'ariv covers the continuing decrease in Israel's unemployment, now hitting a low of 6.6%. You can find a Hebrew summary here.
Terrific news when you consider that all industries are effected. The article ends on a sour note by saying that a staggering million Israelis are still earning minimum wage, keeping many families below the poverty line.
Union wins cancellation of layoffs at Yediot Achronot
Israel's largest Hebrew daily (Ma'ariv is #2) will have to take back 8 workers (Hebrew), at least temporarily. The company's lawyers had showed the judges their client's need for the layoffs, but the National Labor Court sympathized with the Histadrut that all the laid-off employees' being union members was a little too convenient.
Nepotism to continue at Israeli government companies
Ha'aretz recounts how Member of Knesset Zevulun Orlev has proposed a bill that would block government companies from hiring employees' relatives. This comes after a report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss showed that, among others, 44 percent of
Proteksia LLC Ashdod port employees worked with relatives.Â