The Knesset dedicated a discussion to the employment of chareidi women and how they are subjected to inferior wages and at times alarming conditions in the workplace. The discussion is the result of an urgent motion presented by MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev.
Maklev explained a wage differential among chareidi women exists in numerous area and this is especially prominent in the Herzliya high-tech field where others earn over twice the salary of a chareidi woman employed in a chareidi city even if she has the same education and no less an outstanding worker than her Herzliya counterpart.
Maklev praised the work ethic of the chareidi women, as well as their dedication and excellence in his opening remarks. He lamented how some companies build themselves up on the back of chareidi women, who are paid substandard wages.
Responding was Minister Yariv Levin on behalf of the Ministry of the Economy. Levin is also the liaison between the cabinet and the Knesset. He stated “While the rate of employment among chareidi women has increased significantly during recent years, we have encounter a negative phenomenon along with other problems pertaining to their employment. The Economy Ministry is working to improve employment conditions and is using additional measures towards eradicating discrimination and protecting worker rights in general, including of course among chareidi women.
“The contribution of chareidi women to the economy is most welcome and the Ministry of the Economy will be a loyal address to deal with any case of inadequate payment or work conditions”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)