In a meeting attended by President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, Attorney Uriel Lynn; Chairman of the Board of Ashdod Port, Orna Hozman Bechor; CEO of Ashdod Port, Mr. Shiko Zana; President of the Israel Chamber of Shipping, Dr. Yoram Sebba; and President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Haifa and Northern District, Mr. David Castiel; it was agreed to work together to hire 50 more temporary workers, in addition to those who are already being hired.
This is after the Board of Directors of Ashdod Port previously approved a plan to reduce the workload and the long waits at Ashdod Port, as part of a global trend. The plan included the immediate hiring of 50 temporary workers, for a period of up to six months.
Some of the world's biggest ports have been experiencing abnormal workloads, as a result of the coronavirus crisis that caused significant changes in global consumption, resulting in various trends in the shipping sector.
The cooperation with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce is the latest in a series of steps taken in recent months, which included many efforts made to work with the relevant professional organizations to handle the abnormal workloads at Israel's ports and at some of the central ports around the world. After examining a variety of options, we reached an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and the General Organization of Workers in Israel consisting of a plan to hire 50 employees for a limited period of about six months. Port Management is constantly continuing to seek additional solutions that will allow to reduce the existing workload at the port; and the cooperation with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce is a result of these efforts.
President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, Attorney Uriel Lynn says that: “At this stage the most important task is to get through the next six months. There is no doubt that hiring 50 additional workers - who were already trained - for a period of six months, will contribute greatly to reducing the workloads and will significantly improve Ashdod Port's operational efficiency. However, this will not be sufficient. We must immediately move forward with the next phase, by hiring an additional 50 employees who will help reduce the extremely high costs involved in importing and exporting these days. All of Israel's importers and exporters attribute great importance to Ashdod Port's operational capacity to handle periods of high demand".
Orna Hozman Bechor, Chairman of the Board of Ashdod Port added: “Ashdod Port has prioritized finding a solution to handle this abnormal situation that we and many ports around the world are facing. After reaching an agreement with the General Organization of Workers in Israel to hire 50 employees, I am thankful for the current cooperation with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, which will allow us to hire an additional 50 temporary workers. I believe this significant increase in manpower will help us increase our productivity, will reduce the current operational backlog and will help resolve this situation. We will continue to place an emphasis on what is good for our customers and the Israeli economy".