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Facing a hard choice of letting people go or cutting salaries, the Jewish Agency
for Israel and its union have agreed that employees across the board will donate
six free work days in 2011, a source said.
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This decision will affect
approximately 500 people who will each give a free day of work a month until the
end of the year.
“It’s not a long term solution,” the source said. “The
structural change is deep and that’s going to involve personnel and have
consequences. It’s not going to change by a one off agreement although it’s
amazing the management and labor unions have come together to agree on
The 82-year-old organization is currently undergoing big changes.
Its Department for Aliya and Absorption, long the cornerstone of the Jewish
Agency, has been effectively merged with others and the department head, Eli
Cohen, has left. Meanwhile, management has pushed forward with its decision to
focus increasingly on Jewish education and identity alongside its commitment to
Jewish immigration to Israel.
“Management and the Labor union have had
serious negotiations to try and save jobs and still meet the budget goals for an
effective organization,” Jewish Agency spokesman Haviv Rettig Gur said. “The
Union was reasonable and gave a contribution out of its belief in its mission