In Hatzor HaGlilit, the workers’ committee of the Pri Galil plant has declared a strike in response to the management’s plans for workforce reduction. The management intends to lay off between 45 and 130 employees, in addition to the 50 workers who have already been made redundant in recent months. This has sparked fear among the remaining workforce.
Among the plant’s employees, there is a growing concern that the ongoing dismissals might eventually lead to the complete shutdown of the plant. This has created a sense of unrest and apprehension amongst them, as their jobs hang in the balance. They worry about their future and the survival of the plant.
Moshe Efraim, the general director of the Pri Galil plant, suggests that the economic difficulties faced by the plant are primarily due to the decreased duties on agricultural products. He explains, “Last year, we made the decision not to sow corn, as it was no longer financially viable. The absence of corn this year has left the plant without any materials to process and work with, which inevitably leads to job cuts.” This statement highlights the plant’s dependency on corn for its production process and how the lack thereof has had a direct impact on the plant’s workforce.