Israeli working week is shortened by 60 minutes to 42 hours


by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Mar 18, 2018

The working week in Israel is shortened by one hour and the next month will be 42 hours. This is in accordance with an order extending the decision to all employers in Israel as well. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Haim Katz signed the extension order and the move was led by Histadrut chairman Avi Nissankorn.
The move to shorten the work week was made possible by a general collective agreement signed a year ago between Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissankorn and the chairman of the business organizations Shraga Brosh.
The change is due to take effect on April 1. Shortening the work week will not harm wages. It will be calculated based on a base of 182 work hours per month, instead of 186 hours as is customary today. This means raising the hourly rate and increasing the hourly value for workers earning the minimum wage or higher.

This is the first time since 1995 that Israeli workers enjoy shortening the work week. Thanks to the change, Israelis will work 50 hours less each calendar year, as stated, without reducing their salaries. The short working day of the week will be determined by each employer, taking into account the requests and the needs of the employees.

The move, which has ramifications for the entire economy, took shape against the backdrop of a persistent struggle waged by the Histadrut against the reality in which workers in Israel work more hours per week than most OECD countries. In addition to the assumption that research has been based on the fact that many hours of work harm workers and are a major cause of negative effects on their health and efficiency at work, the agreements between the Histadrut and the employers have been formulated against the common desire to promote an enlightened policy that helps to increase labor productivity.

Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissankorn said, "The change that will benefit the entire working population is further evidence that organized labor reduces social gaps.
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Haim Katz said, "This is a welcome move by Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn for the benefit of the workers in the economy.



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