Panel considering alternatives to Sundays off

December 22, 2011 16:26

A committee appointed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to examine the option of a five-day work week is considering several other alternatives to making Sunday a day off, a source in the Prime Minister's Office confirmed Thursday.

Netanyahu appointed the committee on July 4 following pressure from Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, the main political patron of the initiative. The committee, headed by National Economic Council head Prof. Eugene Kandel, was tasked with making recommendations to Netanyahu by March.

Channel 10 business correspondent Maran Hodorov revealed Wednesday night that the committee sent 30 business leaders a questionnaire asking whether they preferred making Sunday part of a longer weekend or several other options.

The alternatives included giving workers an additional week of vacation time to use whenever they wanted, adopting a half day of work on Tuesday or Thursday, making dates of national significance like Jerusalem Day and Yom Hazikaron days off, and making Hanukkah or Hol Hamoed Sukkot days off for workers as they already are for schoolchildren.

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