Government to stop hiring foreign workers
Government ministries and government-affiliated bodies must not hire foreign workers for cleaning, construction or infrastructure work, Finance Ministry Accountant General Shuki Oren ruled last week.
The new ruling also applies to cleaning service contractors working for the government.
Tenders issued by government ministries will be required to include the condition that winners will not employ migrant laborers directly or indirectly via subcontractors, except in areas requiring specialization – and this only after obtaining authorization to do so from the Finance Ministry or Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
The notice was issued following a government decision on the subject.
Any violation of the terms referring to employment of migrant labor will be considered a violation of the tender agreement, and will enable the government ministry which issued the tender to terminate the agreement.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that this is a determined step to apply the policy of reducing the number of migrant laborers, a policy whose aim is to reduce unemployment among Israelis.
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