NetSource of Beit Shemesh, a service provider of software development, has informed hundreds of chareidi female employees in its call center department, which serviced Israeli communication companies, that the company was closing down the division and that their work would terminate in thirty-two days.
The company tried to shut down the department three months ago after the workers unionized, but was prevented from doing so by Israel’s largest trade union, the Histadrut, which sued the firm for an unprecedented sum of 103 million shekels. A compromise was reached and the closedown was delayed for three months.
NetSource was valued as a company that employed hundreds of chareidim, almost all living in Beit Shemesh, and gave them an on-site kosher kitchen, flexible work hours, and suitable projects.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel