Two weeks without a theater: Shaham declared a labor dispute with Beit Lessin
Shaham declared a labor dispute with Beit Lessin after two weeks that the theater was closed due to a strike by technical workers, and while CEO Tzipi Pines was abroad. Evelyn redeemed Walla !: "Shaham is trying to ride rudely on the backs of the players"
Sagi Ben Nun
Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 12:32 Updated: 12:35
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"It's not so pleasant to see a theater closed."
Beit Lessin (Photo: Reuven Castro)
Shaham, the actors 'and actresses' organization in Israel, announced today (Tuesday) a labor dispute with the Beit Lessin Theater. : "For many days now, the actors and actresses of the theater have been informed daily of the cancellation of plays in the immediate term, without any financial compensation and without any notice, following the shutdown of the theater - all while Tzipi Pines, the theater's director, is abroad and not in contact with the actors. ".
Earlier this month, Beit Lessin technical workers announced a strike, following which the theater canceled all its performances in Tel Aviv and the periphery, starting June 17 in the evening.
This is against the background of the explosion of negotiations that took place between the technical workers' committee and the theater's management regarding the renewal of the collective agreement of the technical staff.
The theater then responded: "Despite all our efforts, the negotiations have reached a dead end, due to excessive financial demands that are inconsistent with salaries in the field and jeopardize the stability of the theater and its continued operation. Unfortunately, the technical workers chose to leave the negotiating table and declare a strike."
Today, as mentioned, the crisis in the theater intensified when Shaham declared a labor dispute with the theater. The Redeemer. "Every day I get a message about the cancellation of the next performances of 'Crossing the Wall', waiting for the next day, waiting for an order to arrive and I do not know what will happen.
At this time I am not getting anything.
It does not make sense for us to sit at home and not get paid, and on the other hand we will not be able to take another job at this time either, because I am committed as an actress to the theater on the dates given.
If they offer me a job elsewhere I can not get it because I do not know when the strike will end.
This is a very one-sided situation.
I hope the parties reach an agreement.
There is such a song ‘it is not so pleasant to see a garden closed’.
So it's not so pleasant to see a theater closed, even after the Corona crisis. "
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The play "Crossing the Wall" (Photo: Reddy Rubinstein)
Avi Ben Hillel, CEO of Shaham, the actors 'and actresses' organization, added: "The situation at the Beit Lessin Theater is unacceptable. The days are over when the actors are the last to be heard. The actors and actresses are the theater and without them he has no right to exist. "Kibbutzim and finding a solution by the theater to compensate the actresses for the dozens of cancellations of plays in recent times."
The Beit Lessin Theater responded: "We are surprised by the agility with which Shaham chose to enter the media with a populist headline, behind which there is nothing.
The theater's management has scheduled a meeting with Shaham for next week, and we wonder why they found it appropriate, for reasons reserved to them, to declare a labor dispute before discussing things. It is important to remember that the management did not shut down the theater, Continues to do everything in its power to end the strike and return to regular work and does not need a Shaham in order to understand the importance of the players' continuous work.
"It is unfortunate that Shaham is trying to ride rudely on the backs of the actors, who are loyal to the theater, in order to do public relations for themselves and look for headlines in the media."
Evelyn the Redeemer