You know, sometimes in all the excitement of major announcement one forgets to mention the small details.
While Bituach Leumi management is planning to issue their (r)evolutionry tender to downsize off the mainframe, there is one little hitch in their plans.
It’s called the Bituach Leumi Worker’s Committee (Va'ad HaOvdim).
Bituach Leumi has been negotiating for 3 years (unsuccessfully) to change certain aspects of their agreement with the workers. This plan would affect the majority of the IT workers who group up on the Bituach Leumi mainframe and know nothing else.
It would be an understatement to say that after 3 years of negotiating the Va'ad and Bituach Leumi haven’t found common ground on the downsizing (among other things) - they aren’t even playing in the same universe.
Keep watching this space, but don’t hold your breath.