The city of Eilat: severe shortage of construction workers (photo: official website, photo: Eilat Spokesperson)
An opportunity to warm up relations with Jordan, and find a solution to the severe shortage of construction workers in Eilat:
Eilat contractors asked the Ministry of the Interior to approve the recruitment of another 200 Jordanian construction workers.
Today, only 150 of the 300 Jordanian workers in Eilat are employed in the construction industry, the rest are employed in commerce, industry and tourism.
The salary of the foreign construction workers is estimated at NIS 30,000 per month.
Shlomi Ben Azri, CEO of the Contractors Association in Ashdod and the Lowlands, contacted Inbal Meshash, head of the Foreign Workers Administration at the Population and Immigration Authority, who agreed to come to Eilat for the first time last Tuesday (January 24), in order to meet with the contractors and conduct a tour of several construction sites in the city to get an impression of the acute shortage of workers.
Mishesh toured three construction sites and then met with the building contractors in the city, who demanded to assign another 200 Jordanian construction workers to the construction industry.
Shlomi Ben Azri, CEO of the Association of Contractors in Ashdod and the Lowlands, together with Inbal Meshash, head of the Foreign Workers Administration at the Population and Immigration Authority, on a special tour of Eilat (Photo: Public Relations)
Shlomi Ben Azri, CEO of the Association of Contractors in Ashdod and the Lowlands:
"In the city of Eilat there is a very severe labor shortage of construction workers in light of the ban on employing Palestinian workers in the city.
We will add to this that all attempts to bring Israeli workers from the north of the country to the city failed, because they had difficulty getting used to the hot weather in the city and they abandoned the construction sites about a month after their arrival.
" "Eilat is in a construction boom and during the meeting and the tour, the contractors reviewed before the head of the administration the scope of the projects, including the infrastructure works , which are currently in various stages of execution, and the future projects while noting that in order to meet the schedules they will need about 200 additional Jordanian construction workers."
Ben Azri added that there is a shortage of practitioners who will perform simple construction work, and it is not economical to hire professional foreign construction workers to perform this work and pay them 1,200 or 1,500 shekels per day of work, which will cause prices to rise.
On the other hand, the Jordanian workers who will be added will be able to perform the aforementioned tasks. The purpose of the tour with the head of the administration is also to flood the problem and promote a government decision to release permits for the employment of approximately 200 additional Jordanian construction workers in the construction industry in Eilat.