Employment Service employees protest Wisconsin Plan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today extended pilot welfare-to-work Wisconsin Plan at the request of Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Benjamin Ben-Eliezer. In response, employees at the Israel National Employment Service walked off the job at 12:30. The workers committee said that extending the Wisconsin Plan without a new labor contract at the Employment Service was tantamount to eliminating it.
Netanyahu extended the Wisconsin Plan pilot through March 2010.
The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee was scheduled to debate the issue today, and the meeting was expected to be stormy. Instead it met for just two minutes and approved extending the pilot for four months through the end of April. The Knesset plenum has to vote on the measure, and there will probably be a majority in favor. Labor Committee chairman MK Haim Katz (Likud) said that he was determined to give the unemployed the chance to work, but only at suitable jobs.
Ben-Eliezer said that Netanyahu gave him a clear promise that he would use the extension to obtain a Knesset plenum vote in favor of the Wisconsin Plan.
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