Treasury Agrees: Front-line Businesses to Be Compensated

All businesses that are under fire in the Galilee will receive compensation from the Finance Ministry for indirect damages, says Shraga Brosh, president of the Manufacturers? Association.

Speaking at the end of a meeting with treasury officials, led by the head of the ministry?s budget division, Kobi Haber, and with Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini, Brosh said the size of the compensation has yet to be decided upon, but it will be a percentage added to the payment of employees wages. Workers will receive their July salaries based on the average of their last three wage packages, he said.

The treasury has promised to pay workers? wages, but it is demanding the employers and the workers participate in the payment: The workers will have to give up some of their vacation days. Employers and employees have not yet agreed to this. Brosh added that it has been agreed with the treasury that compensation will be paid for businesses on the line connecting Haifa, Afula and Tiberias. The agreement is due to be signed today.

The Knesset House Committee decided yesterday that if the agreement between the employers, the unions and the government is not signed by the end of the week, the Knesset plenum will be convened next week to discuss a bill presented by MKs Ami Ayalon ?(Labor?) and Yuri Stern ?(Yisrael Beiteinu?), which obliges the government to compensate employers for the payment of wages, and also to discuss a government bill presented by Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai that aims to protect workers from dismissal during the hostilities.

Under Yishai?s bill, workers cannot be fired while they are prevented from going to work by Home Front Command orders. Also, the workers? seniority will be preserved, despite their absence from work.