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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Monday, August 17, 2009
The number of unemployed in Israel is flat or slightly down at 7.6% (1st quarter 2009) [228,000 out of 3.005 million workers, Israel Bureau of Statistics, 27/5/09]. Unemployed workers now outnumber the number of foreign workers. This puts pressure on the state to reduce the number of foreign workers. But some of the foreign worker are doing work Israeli natives are not willing to do. Still, out of approximately 200,000 registered foreign workers there must be some who can be replaced by Israelis. There are estimated 200,000 more unregistered illegal workers (some with expired permits some smuggled through Egypt and Jordan). The thinking now, while the economy is not creating enough jobs, first turns to these workers. The reduction of foreign workers in Israel started in mid-2008. The Olmert administration did not pay much attention to the details: what work needs to be done and by whom. They just cared about reducing the number of foreign workers, and as quickly as possible. A policy was formulated to reduce the foreign workers by half in one year (mid 2009) with focus on restaurant and services (i.e. cleaning), and agriculture (i.e. pickers and packers). The idea was to give Israelis a chance to take the jobs which will open up once foreign workers left. It has not worked very well, in some sectors it has not worked at all. The jobs in home care of old people, now done by young women from the Philippines and Thailand is attracting so few Israelis, training programs are no longer running. In agriculture the problem is even worst, farmers are already warning that some crops will simply disappear from store shelves. Some cash crops will not be exported any more. Even if Israeli workers start processing fruits and vegetables the cost of manufacturing will go up. In today's economic climate farmers will not be profitable or will lose their competitive pricing. This is the price we pay in hard economic times, some products simply are not viable. This means some workers are not needed.Read More...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Huldai on his blog lays out his views and experience [HE]
With all the turmoil in the world and an economic tsunami about to hit our fragile shores, Tel Aviv reelected Ron Huldai on a purely local message: Tel Aviv is for everyone and not just the big businesses and the high price restaurants (Ha'aretz quotes Huldai's campaign manager saying: "Tel Aviv is not just [the bohemian] Rothschild Boulevard"). Ha'aretz's article on the results [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1036997.html] mentioned the opposition's mix on the city council. It seems like Tel Avivians are turning inward. This happens to most people who are beaten up by outside forces. Israel is just starting to feel the shock waves of the world's financial explosions. There are reports of lay-offs in the services and hi-tech sectors.
Tel Aviv went on a repair spree, I guess some of it had to do with the elections. Once in five years the street talks goes, we get a few new sidewalks and streets. But more than that, the downturn in the financial services sector is not hitting Tel Aviv anywhere as bad as probably London, New York, or even Hong Kong. Partly because the Israeli economy has been in a slow recovery from 2002. Partly because the building industry as a whole has not followed US banks and investment institutions with the sub-prime to bond scheme.
Tel Aviv 100 index down 50% in 12 months
The Israeli hi-tech sector is still very dependent on the American financial world for seed start-up investment. Some of the smaller and weaker American venture capital firms have closed their operations in Israel. The large American companies with factories or development centers in Israel are also closing or at least laying off people. It is much easier for a company with headquarters in Cleveland or San Jose to cut costs in Israel and keep their image intact. But Israelis are not crying over this situation. The people who work for American companies have known for years that with the benefits of higher salaries and better work comes the risk of a fall in the US costing their jobs. Don't get me wrong, nobody is really happy about it, but you don't see food riots either. Just a gloomy mood all around and slightly emptier restaurants and cafes.
But there is a good news here too. With the slowdown in financial and hi-tech sectors there is more local focus. This is what the Huldai vote says. Tel Aviv can still look and feel good for the locals. There is still so much to fix, build, and enjoy without the glitzy American attitude. Let's hope that this is not going to take too long to "fix". Just like everyone around the world, Tel Avivians are looking to see what Obama and the new democratic congress is going to do about the American financial excesses (or should I say over-exuberance Dr. Greenspan?), maybe we will be wiser and less greedy in the long run? What do you think ? ? ? Read More...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
In Israel unlike the United States all employees are either covered under a collective bargaaining agreement or a private contract. In both cases they are protected under Israel labor laws and enforced by the various labor courts.
The National Labor Relations Board that enforces the labor laws of the United States only has juristiction to enforce collective bargaining agreements that involve wages, hours, and conditions of employment. If you have a private contract you are left to file your complain in a regular civil court. These cases usually take a longer time to resolve and you have judges who are not expert in labor law.
In Israel your right are protected whether your coutract is negotiated by a labor union or a personal contract. These cases are resolved in a relativly short period of time. Also unlike the U.S> failure to pay wages may be a crime in Israel. Consult your lawyer, you may have a better case than you think. It's safe to work in Israel where the rights are protected.
Enjoy your life and work in Israel -- sam-D-man @ TLV Read More...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Editor: another great article in the nanny diaries by nanny Frankie ;-)
First impressions are one of the strongest ingridients for a successful ending between you, parents, and child. Does it sound like a recipe? It is a chemistry that explodes into success or explodes into "seeya letah". It is not an easy task to enter the home of a stranger and leave the home a needed and wanted employee. You must be prepared to look and sound confident and intelligent. They do not expect a rocket scientist. They expect a happy, loving, and enthusiastic individual to look after their child as if that child was your very own. There are 5 steps to climb to achieve this goal.
Present yourself on time and looking your best. No heavy make up. No dirty hair or messy cloths. No bad smells or food between your teeth! BE CLEAN, sweet, happy, and act glad to be there.
2) Meeting the child:
Do not "grab" for the baby. (if your mom is still pregnand simply ask how she is feeling and how wonderful she looks). Most interviews take place when the baby is very new. Show great interest, smile a lot, but do not push yourself too strong. If mommy wants you to hold their baby - do not refuse, please wash your hands first. Support the child's head and be confident about how you hold a new born. The impression of good hygene goes a long way.
Nanny interview... a great way to start!
3) Experience and Life Saving Skills:
Be prepared to answer questions about your experience. Be enthusiastic about your love of children. Have some knowledge about child development. Education can come from a paperback book or the net or from your own life experience. Just a little information can again make a successful impression. A course in C.P.R. is a MUST. A nanny must be able to do everything possible to save a child's life. The courses are available and not at all difficult. Everyone on the planet should have these skills!
4) Trust and Expectations:
Parents need to trust you not only with their child but with their home as well. Show them you are trustworthy, honest, and will keep "things" clean and in order. Do they expect more than childcare? Be sure to discuss what is expected of you. Some families are very organized and neat and some are, well? NOT! Be nice, but discuss the rules before the game starts. (Cooking, Laundry? Ironing? Dishes? Light housework, or just children.)
5) Salary Last - LAST - L A S T ! ! !
You are "on a roll". You look great, sound amazing and chemistry is on fire. They seem to like you and you feel good about them. The child is so sweet and already under your skin. The trust between you seems solid and now comes the $64,000 question. How much do you charge? Tip for the day! What is the average salary in this area? One only has to visit the area gardens BEFORE you interview and simply ask the nannies before hand. You will get a pretty good idea.
DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT and don't be unreachable. Your recommendations and reputation can really help you achieve the salary you deserve. Again, educate yourself before you enter an agreement or contract. Don't forget hours, insurance, pensions, vacation time. The more you know all laws covering your work the better. The AACI can help answer any of these questions. Any lawyer and government agency will also have answers.
Good luck! Wishing you all the best! Any questions? -- e-Mail Frankie the nanny.
P.S. Did NOT like this family? Say thank your - Bye Bye - Be Nice -- TRY AGAIN!! Read More...
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
So it is. This world we live in today forces most of us to work for a living. We found our partners, had our little "bundle of joy" and now we need to work and buy all the "stuff" we need. We need a car seat, we need a crib, we need a stroller, we need cloths, we need bottles, we need! we need! we need!! Don't even think about what we want. Not yet anyway.
Our maternity leave in Israel is usually 3 months. In the US only 6 weeks. Every country varies the amount of such time. Whatever the amount of time leaving your one for a kind perfect baby with a caretaker is no small task, NO SMALL NEED! What really matters to almost everyone is peace of mind and someone you can trust with our precious child. If a grandparent is willing and able to give you this care you are sssoooo lucky! Many grandparents are unwilling to be a full time babysitter. Life holds new horizons for your parents. The love is there but they now have a life of their own. Been There Done That, but always around to help and do love! Just don't feel bad if this is not your option. Relatives are of-course the best but if none are available - on to plan B.
Who will take over?
Nanny searching should start months before the care is needed. The best network is word of mouth. Good nannies are well known in the neighborhoods within your cities. Even before giving birth ask the "stroller pushers" a few questions. Are you a grandmother? Are you a nanny? How long have you been with this child? Hang around the gardens and observe the nannies. You will gain valuable information just by watching how the mothers, grandmothers, fathers, and baby sitters interact with each other and each other's children. Trust your instincts. The nannies know each other and they also know who does a great job and who does not. Don't be shy and let them all know you are interested in help within the next few months. Discover what you like about how the caretakers handle their children and what you do not like. A little self education goes a long way. You will learn who is free to start a new job and when. The Internet also will give you information and you will find agencies more than happy to find you a nanny. (YES - it does cost money with agencies).
Once you have an idea of exactly the kind of person you would welcome into your home, the real search begins. What to look for in an interviews is another story. Maybe nanny Frankie can help you and the nanny look for the right match. ~ See yah next time, Nanny Frankie.
p.s. Just to let you all know - MONEY is the VERY LAST thing for discussion! Read More...
Monday, March 10, 2008
I don't like to write about politics and terrorism. Mostly because there are lots of good political writers and endless Israeli-Palestinian blogs. Also, I tend to think that speaking about the situation here in Israel is not productive. Only by doing something can we really change the situation. I don't think that writing in a blog and telling people how "wrong" falls into the "doing something" category. But the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem Yeshiva last Thursday has really hit a nerve. Not just in my body but in the collective Israeli nervous system. It seemed to have hit the Tel Aviv stock exchange as well. The Tel Aviv 25 index took a drop at the morning opening on the next session (Sunday 9-Mar-08).
is the TA25 index a sign of the Israeli collective nervous system?
The same goes to a few other worried minds like the tourism operators, specially these catering to Jewish religious groups, mostly non-orthodox. The ones sending their children to instill Zionist values but not too much of it. Just like the past two intifadas, tourists abandon Israel completely when the terrorist activities escalate. Some of you are probably nodding your heads, rolling your eyes, and saying quietly:
'who is this heartless-capitalist-nut anyway?'Well, good thinking, after all, are we trading a few tourist or investor dollars for the life of 8 religious-pious Torah students? Especially at one of THE most renowned educational institution in Jerusalem (a veritable Harvard of the orthodox world)? Well, yes and NO! Yes, I write about the non-political issues and stories in Tel Aviv and Israel. NO - I am certainly not blind to the pain and anger of the Israeli spirit. This attack is by far the most disturbing in a long time, maybe since the big wars of 1967 (six day war) and 1973 (Yom Kippur war). For the first time, terrorists have gone into what would be considered a sacred location. Well, now the Israeli army has the 'excuse' to go and attack Gaza and who knows what else... you see. It's easy to get distracted into the political commentary mode.
So here I go back to the non-political, slightly capitalistic, mostly economical and daily life writing. Let's focus for just a minute on the economic, social, and daily work life in Tel Aviv. Economics do matter, specially in a country with such a fragile economy, it's own currency, no trade with adjoining countries, and high or even VITAL dependence on foreign economies. While the pain and anger of a terrorist attack spikes our adrenaline, the economic impact lasts a long time. Actually, what terrorist activities have done to Israel economically and socially could be considered a greater damage. It affects all the population with exception of a very small part at the top and the very bottom of the socio-economic scale. Socially, terrorist attacks demoralize people and spread a feeling of uncertainty. The wars and intifadas were used to blame the sharp economic cycles, ultra-inflation, a continuous brain drain, difficulty in attracting foreign investors, and a slew of other problems which plagued the Israeli economy. The problems in the past were all attributed to the 'security issue' with the Palestinians. The same was also said to be the driving force in the social split between the ultra-right Zionist and the central Israeli camps. Essentially giving the ultra-right side fuel and incentive to justify settlements and attract new members. Which makes for a social-political split and further angers the Palestinians and creates an endless cycle of blame and violence.
Back to Tel Aviv today, the feeling on the street is simply of sadness. In Tel Aviv the last few days you sense that people simply don't have life. The vitality in the talk of cafe and restaurant patrons was sucked away. The quiet is simply a sign that people don't even know what to say to each other. That small-talk and excitement about daily activity turned into serious hushed conversation. What difference does it make that you are taking a vacation next week. Or that you have a new job? That new car you bought is just what you were dreaming of, and it was cheap because the Euro is so low? You see, even "heartless-capitalist-nuts" have feelings and care. We also live with the reality of daily life, economics, and the struggle for happiness. Not the idealistic-politicized happiness, the simple daily feeling that most people deserve. One of them is the comfort of a rational and predictable economy. One that does not depend on the whims of a terrorist attack or a protest settlement somewhere in a deserted Judea hills. Maybe the practical, economic view of the world is an idealistic opposite to the political one, but I don't think this way. I tend to think more in terms of what people really need. When it comes to the economy, surprisingly it is just what the political side wants: security, predictability, and peace of mind. So you see, thinking about the economy and people's daily life is not such a: heartless-capitalistic-nutty idea! Read More...
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Ask me anything about a baby and I will venture an educated guess based on 60 years' experience. Nanny Frankie has been dealing with infants and children for over 60 years. NO! I'm not that old. My experience began at age 7. These years can hold some amazing knowledge, complete with solutions. Every day we are confronted with choices. Which ones are right or would offer happier results?
My mother says this.
My friend insists on that.
The 'net knows only these.
-- Experience is by far the best teacher. Sometimes the answers are not right or wrong. The child and the caretaker vary in every case. Everyone is different and special in their own way. If you put your heart and soul into the love of children you can be a terrific nanny. If you are only looking for a job, don't apply. It is the most important, difficult, and rewarding of all employment. The money varies but the job still must come from the love of babies and children.
When I was just a young child my parents would entertain guests. They would bring the kids along in most cases. If the infant was fussy or needed anything, my mommy would say: "just give this baby to Frankie, she has a way with babies, they love her!" Nanny Frankie was only 7 or 8 but she could always make them go to sleep or make them happy or smile or settle them easily. Even at an early age, the love of little ones was natural and came from a heart filled with love and concern for these "weak needy little humans".
"weak needy little humans"
I raised my own 3 daughters, several nieces and nephews, and now have 8 grandchildren. In all these years of working with and loving children, the novelty I gain only grows stronger. I have professional degrees in Secondary Education - Primary Education, special needs education, and managed a day care center for 5 years. I have lived in Israel for 17 years. Teaching here was not a good experience for me. So I became a nanny (metapelet). I would love to share this amazing journey with anyone who would like to learn how to be a happy and successful nanny.
in the next weeks nanny Frankie will share here experiences. Anything you would like to discuss, let me know. What it takes to be a good nanny or a great mommy or daddy or maybe a loving grand parent, aunt, uncle, or super friend to any baby is coming up soon... from the 'city' ~ Nanny Frankie Read More...
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Looking for a job in Israel, make sure you protect your rights. Every employee is protected under the National Labor Law. If your rights are violated or your employer doesn't pay you on time, the various labor courts located in most cities will step in at your request and enforce your rights. I suggest you hire a lawyer to go to court. The telephone company prints an English yellow pages, let your fingers "do the walking". Otherwise call information, get the phone of the local Bar Association and they will get you a lawyer. It would be smart if you check with a lawyer and find out all the benefits you are entitled. Just like in America, there are two methods. One is if your employer is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. If that is the case, this will cover your wages, hours, and conditions of employment.
Tech jobs listing in English on www.jobs-isrel.com
If your employment is not covered by an agreement, it will be covered by a private contract between you and your employer. Negotiate your own contract with the aid of a lawyer. Get it in writing and take your employer to Labor Court. In Israel people's rights are protected legally. Remember Is classified as a first world country. Here you have rights, sam-d-man // life-and-the-city [sm]
Editor's note: This blog or article does not advocate or advise on legal matters. We do understand that employees sometimes find themselves in a difficult situation with regard to pay, working conditions, and other situations. Therefore, we strongly advocate standing up for your rights. Tel Aviv is a good place to enjoy strong labor laws and their enforcement. Best of luck in finding a job and contributing to the Israeli work force! Read More...