Ashdod Port management, Arnon Bar-David, Chairman of the General Organization of Workers, Avi Edri, Chairman of the Transport Workers Union and worker committee represetnatives, signed the historic outline agreement for port reform. The outline addresses the compensation package for retirees and job security for dozens of employees who were hired since 2016.
Seven and a half years of discussions culminated with the signing of an agreement between the State and Ashdod Port's employees. The understandings were reached after many years of negotiations as part a plan to increase the port's efficiency in light of the reform at the ports.
The topics on which understandings were reached pertain to job security for employees and expanding the premium safety net for employees who were hired after 2017. The result of these agremeents is improving efficiency as the port prepares for the upcoming competition from the new private port that is being built and is expected to open later this year.
Orna Hozman Bechor, Chairman of the Board of Ashdod Port added: “I congratulate the parties on the signing of this historic agreement that symbolizes the start of a new era and horizon for Ashdod Port. Thanks to the cooperation with the Chairman of the General Organization of Workers, the committee representatives, as well as the assistance from Ministry of Transport representatives and Minister Miri Regev, we can look towards the future and continue to prepare for the competition. We are looking forward to a collaborative effort that will enable Ashdod Port to stay ahead of the competition, as a leading, central and innovative port."
In recent years, since the port reform was recognized, Ashdod Port management and representatives of the committees and union have been engaged in constant negotiations on many topics in various port sectors. Now that the agreement has been approved, Ashdod Port can continue with the significant efforts at the port to prepare for the competition.
Shiko Zana, CEO of Ashdod Port, adds: “Years of negotiations came to an end with the signing of an agreement, thanks to the deep commitment of all parties involved. Now, we can continue with the significant efforts underway at the port to prepare for competition. In recent years Ashdod Port's Board of Directors has been advancing a massive investment program with a scope of about 2.4 billion shekels, including investment in port infrastructure, a service and technology revolution, as well as a transition to competitive business conduct. I would like to thank all parties who participated in this significant step".