Panel raises quota of local workers on ships

The Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved a directive on Monday that would require all domestic sea vessels to have a certain number of Israelis on the crew.

The panel approved a regulation introduced by Transportation Minister Israel Katz that would require sea vessels that use Israeli ports on a regular basis to have an Israeli captain and at least six Israelis as part of the crew. In ships that don’t use Israeli ports regularly, they would still require an Israeli captain, but only two members of the ship’s crew would need to be Israeli. The regulation is meant to provide more jobs for Israelis aboard ships and reduce the need to use cheap migrant labor.

“This is good news for many Israelis and will increase the options for newly released soldiers,” said Avi Levy, who heads the sailors union, part of the Histadrut labor federation.


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