maariv building 370.
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Ma’ariv has no way to ensure its reporters’ employment, even if it doesn’t
close, the paper’s deputy editor-in-chief Elad Tene told the Knesset Labor,
Welfare and Health Committee Tuesday.
Amid rumors that Ma’ariv, together
with religious-Zionist newspaper Makor Rishon – both owned by Shlomo Ben- Zvi –
would stop being published as early as Tuesday morning due to financial
troubles, Labor Committee chairman Haim Katz (Likud) said he will do all he can
to resuscitate the 65-year-old newspaper.
“We will have political
influence, we will put pressure, get involved, mediate and turn to the Histadrut
[labor federation],” Katz said. “Ma’ariv
must continue to exist.”
which was already in severe debt, in November 2012, keeping only
a fraction of its journalists and converging the paper into his company, Makor
Rishon Hatzofe Hameuchad.
In the weeks leading up to the sale, the
newspaper’s workers led a campaign against the previous owner, IDB, demanding it
pay their salaries, pensions and severance packages.
s management for negotiating with the newspaper’s workers, but called
for Ben-Zvi and his staff to be more transparent and give those workers facts
and numbers even if the law does not require him to do so.
should do their part to save Ma’ariv
,” he added.
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Yair Tarchitsky, leader
of the Ma’ariv
Journalists’ Union, said relations between workers and management
were tense and that the latter was not giving the former enough
“They told us we have to accept a restructuring plan basis,
or else the newspaper will fold,” Tarchitsky explained.
“We asked to
negotiate, and they said there’s nothing to talk about. They’re putting a gun to
Tarchitsky added that he feels the paper’s management is
trying to break up the union.
Despite this, he and Ben-Zvi plan to enter
negotiations Tuesday night, and Tarchitsky expressed hope that they will be able
to overcome their differences.
Tene said that he hasn’t slept a full
night for two months, because the company is falling apart.
announced that despite a loss of NIS 60 million, he is willing to allow the
newspaper to survive under certain circumstances,” he explained. “If the
restructuring plan is not accepted, 420 people will go home
Katz asked Tene who can guarantee that the workers will
keep their jobs even if they accept the plan, to which the editor responded:
“There are no guarantees.”
MK Shuli Muallem (Bayit Yehudi) wondered why
the government is not bailing out Ma’ariv
– as it did Channel 10.
management continues kicking its workers, their desire to mobilize and help the
paper will decrease,” MK Michal Biran (Labor) said.
MK Nachman Shai
(Labor) expressed doubts about Ma’ariv’s
“I accompanied several
newspapers that closed. Ma’ariv
needs a miracle. It could be that Israel
is the solution; it could buy Ma’ariv
and Makor Rishon
,” Shai suggested.
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