Israeli officials to observe Irish economic model
October 10, 2007. Globes: Shay Niv
An especially large delegation of Israeli manufacturing organizations and trade unions headed by Manufacturers Association president Shraga Brosh and Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini, will go to Ireland next week in an effort to adapt the Irish economic model to Israel.
The Irish model, set up 20 years ago, utilizes a social partnership of employers, employees, and the government, and pulled the country out of a severe economic and social crisis.
The delegation will meet Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Bertie Aherne, Minister of Labor Billy Kelleher, the heads of the social-economic council and research institutes, senior Exchequer officials, union leaders and the heads of manufacturers organizations, and the prime minister’s advisor who is behind the model.
The delegation includes former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Avia Spivak. He is now at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and was selected by both the Manufacturers Association and the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) to head a joint team to formulate recommendations for applying the Irish economic model in Israel.
Ireland launched its economic model in 1987 in response to the country’s last place ranking in European social and economic indices. At the time, the country had an unemployment rate of 17.5%, 20% inflation, and massive migration to the UK by people looking for work. In an extraordinary move, the Irish government decided to create an economic plan with the consent of both employers and employees.
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