Photo: Moti Kimchi
Secret heroes
Photo: Moti Kimchi

Ministry's 'secret' employees turn to superheroes

Defense Ministry employees in classified roles use actors in superhero disguises in order to protest against worsening in terms of their employment

Dozens of employees at a secret unit within the Defense Ministry chose an original way to protest in front of the Kirya base in Tel Aviv, using actors dressed up as Batman, Superman and other superheroes.


The employees could not protest in person due to the secrecy that is imposed on their role and identity.


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The employees claim that the Defense Ministry is taking advantage of that limitation and other limitations that come with their job, like the lack of unionization, in order to worsen the terms of their employment.


גיבורי העל מול הקריה (צילום: מוטי קמחי) 

Superman and Batman demonstrate (Photo: Moti Kimchi)


The employees said that they were in a labor dispute over the terms of their pension funds which were hurt by a recent change in the law which has harmed them financially.


Attorney Ofer Bartal who represents the employees said: "Sadly, they have signed an agreement that obligates them to keep their personal information secret, which has led them to demonstrate wearing masks, and now, to hire the actors."


העובדים שכרו מפגינים (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Holy protest Batman! (Photo: Moti Kimchi) 


The lawyer added that the contribution of the employees to state security was extremely important and they "continue to work in the ministry but it is unthinkable that the terms of their employment continue to be hurt."


He added that these employees are responsible for one of the most sensitive and classified projects in the State of Israel, and answer directly to the defense minister.


Meanwhile, the IDF disabled veterans organization has renewed its battle against the Defense Ministry's rehabilitation department a few weeks after the government approved the conclusions reached by the Goren Committee. 


The committee recommended that the benefits for former IDF combatants who became disabled in military operations be improved at the expense of the non-combatant disabled veterans.


The Defense Ministry said in response: "Over the last few years some major changes have been made in the rehabilitation unit which have brought about a major improvement in the quality of service and response given to IDF disabled veterans.


"The Defense Ministry has no intention of debating these issues in the media and intends to continue its ongoing and matter of fact dialogue with the chairman of the IDF disabled veterans organization in order to continue to improve the service given to IDF disabled veterans. "


Sources within the ministry also noted that: "There are growing estimations within the ministry that the IDF disabled veterans organization has begun to prepare the groundwork for a struggle by presenting claims with regards to agreements reached with the Defense Ministry.


"The true purpose of the spin is meant to torpedo the legislation of the Goren Committee conclusions which were recently approved by the cabinet."




פרסום ראשון: 05.17.12, 22:55
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