Conduct That Provides An Opportunity For Partnership
The willingness of 'Small and Medium Business' employers to ensure a pension for their workers has led the Finance Ministry to reconsider the employers' entitlement to unemployment benefits. This may provide an opportunity to build a social partnership in Israel.
Recently employers of 'Small and Medium Businesses' agreed to allocate pension funds for their workers. In return, the Finance Ministry is reconsidering a proposal that will ensure unemployment benefits in the case an employer is forced to close down his business. This is an initiative that the 'Small and Medium Business' organization has been promoting for a long time and which the Finance Ministry has only recently agreed to.
The link between these two events indicates the potential trend between three actors in the public sphere: employers, employees and the government.
The cooperation between the Finance Ministry and independent employers is based on the logic of mutual dependence. Just as the employees are dependent on their employers, 'Small and Medium Businesses' depend on the government to provide a safety net in a time of need. According to a recently approved socio-economic policy, the government aims to promote steps that reduce the scope of poverty. The Marker reports that the Finance Ministry only decided to support independent employers following their willingness to ensure pension insurance for their workers.