Last Monday’s session lasted about three hours. Two bills were discussed, and both were advanced after passing their first readings. Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Italy, so the opposition did not propose any no-confidence motions, which resulted in a low attendance for the short session. The two bills advanced place limitations on subsidiaries of manpower contractors and regulate the supervision and discipline of corporate managers who deal with portfolios and funds.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • Five motions were discussed. Four of the motions were sent for further discussion in the various committees by votes of 10-1, 7-2, 7-1 and 6-0. One of the motions was not voted on.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Manpower Contractors Employment Bill

MK Yacimovich (Labor) called the employees of manpower companies the weakest link in terms of workers’ rights and salaries. She stated that the subsidiaries that the manpower contractors use to recruit these workers are even worse. She explained that her amendment would place a prohibition of communication on these subsidiaries and those violating the law will be sentenced to six months in prison. She explained that both companies currently take a portion of the employee’s salary so that he currently receives NIS 20.92 for an hour’s work, less than minimum wage, without a minimum of monthly hours.

MK Ezra (Kadima) agreed the problem is with the secondary companies piggybacking on the mother manpower contractors and praised the bill. He hoped that the bill will start the process of eliminating these secondary companies.

MK Ben Ari (N.U.) revealed that over a million workers are employed by manpower contractors and that he is worried that in a majority of these companies the employees are not receiving their rights, such as seniority and pension. He blasted universities for playing the same game with temporary professors and firing and rehiring other professors every eight months. He reported that other big companies such as large banks play the same game as manpower contractors. He suggested placing a cap on the number of employees the contractors are allowed to hire. He concluded that he trusts the manpower contractors will find a new loophole after we plug this one.

MK Zeev (Shas) said that most companies have no idea the games the manpower contractors play and those companies should not be held responsible for the contractors’ faults.

The bill passed its first reading 4-0 and was sent to the Labor Committee.

Amendment to the Corporate Fund Managers and Portfolio Managers Governance Bill

MK Amnon Cohen (Shas) explained that the amendment would regulate the supervision and discipline of corporate government managers that deal with portfolios and funds. He explained there are seven main changes in the bill and some of them will affect private corporate company managers that have indirect connections to government companies or are listed on the various stock exchanges. He stated the point of the bill is to bring government transparency and to protect the investors in the stock exchange.

MK Ben Ari said he is more familiar with Chinese than the implications of this bill. He went on to oppose daylight savings time. He said that he received hundreds of text messages supporting his view including some very important people after his speech last week on the subject. He stressed that he is supporting the will of almost half of Israel who oppose extending the summer clock.

MK Zeev defended Interior Minister Yishai (Shas), who extended the summer clock for a mere two weeks and not the six weeks that the leftists asked for. He went on to praise the bill that will give investors a reason to invest in Israeli companies. He slammed companies that are about to collapse and are lying to everyone about their financial stability and said this bill will put an end to them and those who invest in them.

The bill passed its first reading 5-0 and was sent to the Funds Committee.

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