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workplaces 2000 First a bit of history: In the year 2000
  • Terraflex, our plastics factory, was our main gainful employer.
  • Agriculture, which until the seventies had been our mainstay, had become largely unprofitable (the dairy and the fisheries were notable exceptions).
  • The services comprised electricians, mechanics, computer geeks and the like which gave support to the factory and the agricultural branches.
  • The administration was a direct result of Parkinson's theories.
  • The services for members and children included teachers, nurses, cooks, launderes, shop assistants and their ilk.
  • With "Other" we mostly mean people working outside the kibbutz, a growing segment of the adult population.

That's all changed a bit by 2010

  • Just a few kibbutzniks still work in the factory, of which we now own only a small part and which the new owners have managed to run into the ground.
  • Agriculture is profitable again, which has come as a nice surprise
  • Services have been cut back: there are no more local electricians, carpenters, builders, cooks, launderers, etc only the communications geeks have managed to hang on and the child minding services are still going strong
workplaces 2013 In 2013 these trends have become even more pronounced. If half a generation ago most members found work on the kibbutz itself, nowadays the vast majority work outside, sometimes quite a distance away. The Terraflex factory (of which we are still a minority holder) is still fighting for its survival and most members who have worked there, have either gone into pension or found a different job. Agriculture and horticulture, even more than animal husbandry, attract few kibbutzniks nowadays. A number of people have founded small businesses. Unemployment is quite low.

 

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