Court Cancels Seniority Bonus to Veteran City Workers

Former workers sued after the treasury canceled their bonus on the grounds that it was illegal

The Tel Aviv Labor Tribunal on Tuesday ratified the ruling by the Finance Ministry wages director, which canceled a bonus extended to city employees who had been on the job more than 36 years.

Judge Hannah ben Yosef rejected the lawsuit filed jointly by 171 former workers of the Tel Aviv municipality against the city and the Finance Ministry.

The former workers had petitioned to regain their bonus, and to reverse the treasury wages director's ruling to reduce their pension payments. The director, Yuval Rachlevsky (who has since moved onto another job) had explained that the bonus was simply against the law.

The bonus amounted to 15% of the monthly pay.