Religious Council Workers Promised Back Wages by End of
By G. Kleiman
Religious Council workers and pensioners will receive their
pay by the end of October according to a promise by the
Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office and
instructions from the National Labor Court.
Court President Steve Adler and Judge N. Arad ruled on Monday
the State must pay all Religious Council workers their back
salaries and other benefits by Sunday, October 31. During
Monday's deliberations Ilan Cohen, director-general of the
Prime Minister's Office, reported that altogether 5,000
workers and 1,000 pensioners are owed a total of NIS 70
million ($16 million), and noting that 100 of the 134
religious councils have back salaries to pay. At some
councils the salaries were paid but not benefits such as the
employer's monthly deductions for various funds, e.g.
karnot hishtalmut, karnot gemel and retirement
funds. Cohen said the State cannot pay the religious council
workers any compensation for the time that the wages were
owed to them.
Cohen wanted to pay the worker benefits in several
installations "due to taxation problems." Cohen also asked
the Histadrut heads present at the deliberations to encourage
workers who filed withheld wages claims against the State at
the Labor Courts withdraw the claims.