Knesset cafeteria 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Knesset cafeteria workers canceled their strike and protest on Monday, as
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced they would not be fired before every
Also on Monday, the Knesset administration put out a tender for a
new catering company to manage its three cafeterias. The new company will have
to stop the current norm of firing the 50 workers biannually, and will receive a
subsidy for doing so.
“I hope this solution will succeed and give the
cafeteria workers a feeling of security instead of the constant uncertainty that
they face before every recess,” Rivlin said.
The 50 workers in the
Knesset’s three cafeterias are contract employees of Shefa Food Services. Last
week, they received notice that they would be fired as of Wednesday. Most
cafeteria workers are fired twice a year, when the Knesset’s recesses begin.
They are then rehired when the recesses end. Wednesday is the last day of the