Working parents forced to stay at home during this week’s rocket attacks on southern Israel will receive their wages in full, the Treasury and Histadrut labor federation agreed Wednesday.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered that public sector workers not be deducted vacation days for staying home this week. He instructed his staff to find a similar solution for workers in the private sector, based on data to be supplied to the Treasury by private employers in the coming days.
Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini, Treasury wages director Ilan Levin, and representatives from chambers of commerce, the Tax Authority, Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, Manufacturers Association and Union of Local Authorities met Wednesday morning. They agreed to formulate a plan to ensure that working parents of children aged under 14 not be deducted vacation days in the future event that classes are cancelled for security reasons. They also agreed to discuss compensation for business owners affected by the violence.
School resumed in the South on Wednesday after rocket attacks from Gaza kept students at home the previous three days. The Home Front Command made the decision to send children back to school as an informal cease-fire between Israel and Gaza factions led to relative calm.