The ten Commandments By Turinboy
On the occasion of Shavuot, the Festival of Receiving the Torah, we came up with Ten Commandments for fair employment:
1. We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and now, we established a sovereign state in the Promised Land, a land in which all the people have the right to be free and live in dignity.
We will establish a society in which the state is obligated to provide decent living pensions, a proper level of education, housing, food and health, and also the ability to age in dignity.
We will remember the verse: “that thy brother may live with thee,” “sufficient for his need in that which he want.”
2. We will not have a society that will allow the a person’s dignity to be crushed due to everyday stress, and we will not enable exploitations that damage human beings, turn them into objects and crush their ability to live a civilized, cultural and spiritual life that can transcend every day living concerns.
“As it is written: Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.” (Leviticus 25).
We will have a society that pays decent salaries and we will aspire to see the other beyond their paycheck. We will remember what it means to be a “king that make himself servant to the field.”
No State can exist without workers who are productive.
3. We will acknowledge the importance of the unions and will make them an important component of the labor market. At the same time there will be a prohibition against private manpower companies that abuse workers’ rights, and work hours will be minimized
As we were commanded: “Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant”
4. The state will create proper jobs and will not create exploitative workplaces in the periphery. The access to transportation and communication from the periphery to the center will be strengthened.
We will fulfill the blessing: “Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.”
5. The government will invest in education that aimed at professional training. This education will be worthy and suitable for every person, and will be modeled according to his/her abilities and skills alone, regardless of the person’s religion, origin, age, living place or his financial status. There will be programs aimed to employ elders, and professional training that is adjusted both to the market’s needs and the abilities of the worker, and also subsidized employment.
We will remember the saying: Be aware of the children of the poor, for from them will come forth Torah
6. The Israeli society will work to defeat discrimination in the labour market. We will remove structural barriers that prevent integration and progress of Palestinians, women and mothers, older populations, and people with disabilities.
As the Torah points out many times: “then thou shalt uphold him: as a stranger and a settler shall he live with thee.” (Leviticus 25:35)
7. The Israeli society will work to enforce employment laws. We will provide incentives to encourage the protection of worker’s rights, and the enforcement system will be fortified and work vigorously to prevent violation of workers’ rights and to ensure the protection of their rights, health, safety, and dignity during work time.
As it is said: “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee… and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.”
8. The vacation days that the workers deserve will be provided.
There will not be direct or indirect, social or emotional pressures that prevent a citizen from keeping his holy day of rest according to his religions and customs.
As it is said: “Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy”
9. Israeli society will subsidize payment for workers that are eligible for pension, so that their pension will not decrease even if their salary increases. We will stop encouraging unemployment.
As it is said: Never should the right hand push away and the left bring closer
10.Israeli society will recognize that there are people who cannot be integrated within the employment market, and will set up a welfare system which will allow them to live in dignity. Criteria will be determined to define inability to work due to social, physical, and mental reasons, and a pension that allows one to live in dignity will be given.
As it is said: “And if thy brother be waxen poor, and his means fail with thee; then thou shalt uphold him: as a stranger and a settler shall he live with thee.”