About 100 kibbutzim, almost a third of the Kibbutz Movement's members, are currently undergoing some form of privatization, the movement's secretary general, Gavri Bar-Gil, said yesterday.

These kibbutzim, which are described as "renewed" kibbutzim, have undergone one or more of the following steps:

l Differential wages - All members of the kibbutz no longer get the same, equal living expenses as before but wages are distributed according to their contribution to the community and its businesses. In some kibbutzim, a member who manages a business gets 3 or 4 times more than a simple worker in the same firm.

l Registration of housing - The apartments where members live, which were formerly listed as kibbutz property, are registered in the property registrar's office in the name of the member. The member is entitled to bequeath the house to his descendants, to sell it or to let it. The cooperative enterprise has first right of refusal in the case of a sale. The cooperative must approve sales and rentals, so that it has the right to prevent unwanted persons from living in the community.

l Privatization of the means of production. This has happened to varying extents in some of the kibbutzim, but in most cases the cooperative has retained 49 percent of the shares which are distributed among the kibbutz members. The land and the water resources have not been privatized.

In both the old "cooperative" form of the kibbutz and the "renewed" (privatized) form, the kibbutz remains responsible for the basic needs of all its members. Those earning wages must deduct a certain sum to ensure that those who cannot work have a basic income, usually at least equivalent to the minimum wage in the economy.

Bar-Gil also denied reports that 42 kibbutzim had asked to change their status to that of a non-cooperative community. He said only two (Mishmar David and Ha'on) had requested this and one kibbutz, Yad Hannah, had asked to become a moshav. He said the Israel Lands Administration was opposed to allowing kibbutzim to become moshavim, for reasons that were not clear.