Poll: 73% of Public Displeased With Gov't Treatment of Northern Residents

A large majority of the public is dissatisfied with the government's treatment of residents of the north, according to a poll conducted by Haaretz-Dialogue, under the supervision of Professor Camille Fuchs.

Some 73% of those polled said they are dissatisfied with the way the government treated residents of the north, while only 19% expressed satisfaction with the government's performance in this realm.

Some 200 individuals from the north complained at the Histadrut labor federation, stating that their employers informed them that they would not receive July wages, which violates a law approved by the Knesset ten days ago. According to the new law, employers must pay workers who were not present at their jobs due to the security situation, and the employers will be compensated by the state.

Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini wrote to Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai, stating that workers from the north face a harsh plight upsetting their ability to deal with the difficult security situation they face.

Eini brought up a previous proposal, according to which hundreds of Histadrut employees would assist the government in enforcing labor laws and the payment of July salaries to workers in the north. In his letter, Eini committed to transfer information to the Industry and Trade Ministry regarding complaints filed by employees who did not receive July salaries.