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Newsline: Israeli Embassy and Consular workers protest for better work conditions

Workers of Israeli consulates and embassies across the world are staging a slowdown in recent days to protest their employment terms, which they consider unfair when it comes to salary, benefits and overall treatment. The protesting workers are employed under a program established in the 1950s, which defines them as “locally employed staff.” The program, commonly called “AMI” in Hebrew, was originally dedicated to spouses of Israeli representatives sent abroad by the Foreign Ministry. It offered them a part-time job for a symbolic sum of money. The spouses were not considered government employees, but with this program, they could work at their Israeli mission as well and provide extra income to the household.



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