Employees and Employment Policy

2015 Corporate Responsibility report > Social Resilience

Employees and Employment Policy

Nesher considers its employees
a major asset and consequently
strives to provide an appropriate
and safe work environment.

The Company promotes this through commitment to prevention of work accidents; supporting employees’ right to unite and negotiate their rights, preventing discrimination and the use of, or profiting from, forced labor or unfair working conditions and prevention of child labor (excluding the employment of employees’ children in community work for pay). Each plant has a sexual harassment officer and training sessions in accordance with the provisions of the law in this matter. Nesher regards itself as responsible for creating job security and stability for its employees and therefore invests significant resources in providing appropriate conditions, in maintaining dialogue with employees in order to reduce feelings of insecurity, and in establishing open and stable employer-employee relations. Nesher employees have not held labor strikes for more than a decade.

During the reported period, there were no complaints regarding sexual harassment of employees. No cases of discrimination of any type were found during the reported year.

Employee segmentation - 2015

  • division
    Total number of employeesNumber of contractor workersNumber of full-time employeesNumber of part-time employeesNumber of permanent- contract employeesNumber of temporary- contract employees
    Total employees

Employees – Agreements and Associations

The majority of Nesher’s employees are employed based on provisions of collective agreements. There are general collective agreements that apply to every employee in the cement industry, as well as special collective agreements signed in the various Nesher plants.

applying only to employees of that particular plant and updated periodically following negotiations between the plant employee union and the management. In each plant there are employees’ committees associated with the Histadrut national trade union. 75% of the employees are represented by labor unions and are employed under collective agreements. The employment terms of employees not organized in a union, are determined by personal employment agreements. The employee turnover rate in Nesher is low – approximately 15% per year.

Employee Turnover Rate - 2015

 Less than 30 years oldAged 30-50Persons aged 50 and over

Accreditation and training

Nesher considers the professional training of its employees as an important part of the organization’s strength. Company employees receive accreditation and training regarding antitrust laws, human rights, prevention of corruption, and sexual harassment.

Nesher also incorporates the organizational ethics code in its training programme, in special training sessions held every two years. The Company believes that the considerable time and resources invested in employee training and skill development create occupational flexibility which, in turn, contributes to the integration of organizational and personal interests and providesemployees with a range of skills that allow them to fill a larger number of positions.

Employee training also takes place as part of the proactive approach to safety that is implemented in the Company’s plants. Subcontractors, like Nesher’s employees, undergo safety training. Nesher also prepares its employees for retirement by sending them to 3-day courses concerning leisure-time activities, financial aspects, “health and fitness”, etc.

Average training hours per employee:

  •  Average Training Hours per EmployeeTotal training hours for executives and mid-level managersTotal training hours for professional, technical and production workers
    number of employeesTotal

Dialogue with Employees

Nesher’s management conducts a yearly employee survey on various issues related to their professional satisfaction and other factors in the workplace. All Nesher employees participate in these surveys. In addition, all employees receive regular feedback regarding their performance. Once a year every board member holds a Round Table cross- sectional discussion with ten employees in various positions

in order to brief them on company activities and to give them an opportunity to raise questions, make suggestions and air complaints. If necessary, company management meets to discuss the outcome of these meetings, and every employee receives a comprehensive response to the issues raised by them.

"Round Table"

Nesher has been conducting “Round Table” activities for seven years. These consist of meetings of Board members with employees from all the company’s plants and units. The goal is to brief employees – directly and with full transparency – on the company’s activities in the past year and the implications thereof, and to give employees the opportunity to voice new ideas, problems and their thoughts. A summary of these meetings is forwarded to the Board in order for managers to assess the organizational atmosphere and to find solutions for the issues raised by employees.

In 2015 the Company’s CEO and VPs met with 70 employees, who expressed high satisfaction with the meeting themselves, and who were even more pleased to receive information imparted to them. Since 2014 “Round Table” sessions are held twice a year in the Ramla plant with the plant manager and department managers for all Nesher Ramla employees. Questions and issues are raised in the meeting and answers and solutions presented by managers are published in the Nesher newspaper.

Human Rights

The Group believes that the norms of reliability, decency, professionalism, integrity, compliance with the law, preservation of human life, preservation of human dignity, equal opportunity for all regardless of religion, ethnicity, race and gender, social responsibility and community outreach constitute the foundation of the Group’s business activities and its relations with its stakeholders.

Nesher also has training sessions dedicated to the subject of Human Rights. Employees attended training on the subject of Human Rights in 2015. All security guards employed by third parties also attend training sessions on the subject of Human Rights.