The Israeli Opera and choir come to terms

This is the first such agreement with the Israeli Opera.

By HELEN KAYE
March 25, 2018 19:47
The Israeli Opera and choir come to terms

The Passenger - An opera about women sent to Auschwitz . (photo credit: KARL FORESTER)

 
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The Israeli Opera and its 70-member Opera Choir have come to an agreement that guarantees the latter’s members steady employment and a reasonable income for at least seven months of the year.

After months of hard negotiations, the Histadrut labor federation’s Gershon Gelman and Israeli Opera general director Zach Granit announced that the opera guarantees a specific number of activities – both rehearsals and performances – during the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 seasons. There will also be 7.5% increase to the base salary per activity.

Gelman explained that an “activity” means the number of hours devoted to a rehearsal/ performance and that in the coming season the choir was guaranteed 8,800 such activities, and 9,500 for 2019-2020.


Yaron Levi, head of the workers’ committee, said “I am happy that we have come to an agreement which gives the choir at least the minimum steady employment.”

This is the first such agreement with the Israeli Opera and is a codicil to the existing agreement between the opera and its employees.

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