Workers protest Holocaust survivors hostel privatization

Caregivers demand nationalization of Pardesiya hostel, state employee status; Welfare Services dir.-gen. supports cause.

September 18, 2011 11:20
1 minute read.
Watching loved ones aging can be difficult

Elderly_521. (photo credit: Illustrative photo: MCT)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Hostel workers protested the privatization of the hostel for Holocaust survivors in Pardesiya, in a demonstration outside the Prime Minister Office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Army Radio reported.

Dror Israel Movement activists were set to join the social workers in their demand to nationalize the hostel, and be absorbed as state employees, which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had previously promised, they claimed.

Foreign caregivers: New law would make us slaves

Welfare and Social Services Ministry Director-General Nachum Itzkovitz told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday he strongly backs the workers' demands

Speaking by phone from New York, Itzkovitz – who four years ago headed an inter-ministry that monitored the implementation of government decisions on Holocaust survivors and improved their quality of life – said they deserved the best possible care.

“Survivors, especially those living in hostels, have the most complicated conditions. We in the ministry never agreed to the privatization of caregiver services three years ago.

There are services that don’t have to be provided by state workers, such as administration. But those employees who give direct care to the needy, such as the survivors, need their caregivers to be state workers so they can devote their work hours to them and don’t have to worry about job security,” Itzkovitz said.

Friday saw the first day of sanctions at the Lev Hasharon hostel by 100 caregivers for aging Holocaust survivors demanding government rather than contractual worker status,

The caregivers at the hostel in Pardesiya said initially they would provide only partial services to the survivors, but if their demands were not met, they would regretfully launch a fully-fledged strike. They said when the government changes contractors for the project, they are at risk of dismissal.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia


Cookie Settings