Tel Aviv beach.
(photo credit: Hadas Parush)
Negev and Galilee Development Minister Silvan Shalom came closer to achieving
his goal of making Sunday a day off for workers this week, when a proposal to
give one Sunday off a month as a pilot project advanced in a meeting at the
Prime Minister’s Office.
The proposal will be presented to relevant
cabinet ministries by a team led by Shalom’s director-general Orna Hozman-
Bechor, Prime Minister’s Office director-general Harel Locker, and National
Economic Council head Prof. Eugene Kandel.
For instance, the Tourism
Ministry will be told how long weekends could bolster the tourism industry in
Israel and the Culture and Sport Ministry will consider moving soccer games from
Saturday to Sunday so Orthodox players could participate.
the proposal, the work day missed on Sunday will be made up by working six hours
on the Friday before the long weekend and an extra half hour on other days. That
way neither employers nor employees will lose money.
expressed confidence that the bill could pass in the cabinet and be implemented
starting with the 2014-2015 school year. She said there is much more support for
the proposal than in the previous government.
“The train has left the
station,” she said.