'Intel to employ non-Jews on Shabbat'

Intel to employ only no

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 18, 2009 09:18
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A compromise was reached in a disagreement at Intel-Israel's Jerusalem plant, according to Wednesday reports. The apparent deal came after large crowds of haredim protested at the Har Hotzvim plant on Saturday, against operations continuing over Shabbat. According to the agreement, only 60 workers will be required to work on Saturday, and all will be non-Jews. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin reportedly gave the proposal to United Torah Judaism Uri Makelev, who was expected to respond shortly. Intel-Israel CEO Maxine Fassenberg was also involved in discussions on the matter. Intel, the world's biggest chip manufacturer, had opened the plant for installation work over Shabbat, ahead of its inauguration on Sunday. The international company has 6,500 high-caliber employees in locations around the country whose staff have developed and produced some of the world's most advanced products, including wireless Internet. Intel is currently one of the country's largest exporters, with nearly $1.4b. of exports in 2008. Judy Siegel and Abe Selig contributed to this report


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