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El Al workers passed over on bonuses

National carrier is the country’s least generous gifter

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

An EL AL plane lands at Ben Gurion International Airport as others wait to fuel up. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami /Flash90)
An EL AL plane lands at Ben Gurion International Airport as others wait to fuel up. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami /Flash90)

Employers in Israel dished out around NIS 2.7 billion in Passover bonuses for their workers this year, up 10% from 2011, with a national average of NIS 600-900 per gift.

The most gracious spender was Dead Sea Works, whose employees received checks for NIS 1,750, a new iPad, and a package of wines.

El Al Airlines, which posted a net loss of $7.8 million dollars in the final quarter of 2012, continued its across-the-board cutbacks and scrimped on bonuses for its employees. They received a national low of NIS 250 for Passover.

Seventy-five percent of working Israelis expect a holiday present from their employers.

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