Despite a loud opposition from government tanks and the opposition, the government approved on Sunday a massive cut in budgetary funds that affected all government ministries in order to finance better wages and pensions for security services in the country.
The huge deficits worth 22 billion NIS over the past two decades will finance improved salaries and pensions for police, prisoners and non-military security services, including Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Mossad, who have long complained of poor conditions in relation to those serving in IDF.
"This is good news for police officers, retired police officers, prison services, Shin Bet and Mossad, dedicated to protecting the security of the country. These are the news they have long wanted," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The agreement states that starting January 2019, all pensioners will receive a full salary allowance for their current wages.
From January 2019 onward, currently employed police officers and prisoners will receive allowances in two installments. From January 2020, agreed allowances will be fully paid to all eligible individuals.
In addition, it was agreed that retroactive payments of NIS 7 billion to cover payments from 2006 will be paid in installments over a period of 17 years (2019-2035) in order to reduce the burden on the economy and the treasury, with the benefits of pensioners with an emphasis on older pensioners.
Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, who was at the forefront of the battle for police officers, said: "I am proud that I am standing today at the forefront of the fight for the rights of police, prisoners and pensioners. After two months of intense negotiations and after 13 years of wage retention the government today approved a fair and binding decision to equate their terms with military career conditions. "
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"This is a change in historical injustice that did not justify," he continued. "Government decisions since the seventies require that salaries of police officers and prisoners be equated with the salaries of career soldiers and three labor courts recognize this."
Erdan said that "anyone who refers to the important decision of police officers and prisoners as a political point of view lies … Negotiations between them continued before the election began."
Deputy Minister of Health Ya'ichi Litzman (UTJ) criticized the decision of the Cabinet.
"This is a serious decision that will seriously harm the health of Israeli citizens," said Litzman. "I seriously protested with the Prime Minister and other ministers about the expected reductions, and I explained that this could lead to the destruction of the health system in Israel."
Before the vote, Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel drew attention to the great damage done to Israeli agriculture if the reduction needed to be approved.
"The needs for agriculture are rising. After severe cuts in water supplies for agriculture, I will not let the agricultural industry once again be affected," said Ariel.
"I will not allow any reduction to harm the Israeli farmers or agricultural researchers at the forefront of global agriculture. Of course, citizens of the State of Israel will also be harmed if the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture is reduced."
The head of the Zionist association, Avi Gabbay, revealed the agreement.
"The government, which makes a" shortfall "for all without priority, is a government that can be replaced by a casio calculator," said Gabbay. "It is possible to change, establish a courageous government that sets priorities, and that the cities in the very life itself recognize problems and act."
In a statement issued before the vote, the police said that in recent years, together with the Ministry of Public Security, she has fought for the execution of a government decision to fill the gap between wages and pensions received by soldiers and police IDF officers and prisoners , with the former taking advantage of better conditions.
"As part of efforts to eliminate irregularities in the amount of 13 years in the form of withholding salaries, the three courts of the labor court decided and recognized the rights of police officers and pensioners to this allowance, which they were legally entitled to". "Among other things, the court said:" The Ministry of Finance has introduced a policy that is contrary to government decisions without being authorized, "and that" the Ministry of Finance has been operating in this context for many years. ""
"It should be noted that the police do not have the right to strike or trade unions in order to improve their wage conditions and, in general, the wage equalization decision was given at that time as a compensation for legislation that deprived the police of this right," she continued.
Recently, the police said that the police, the Ministry of Public Security and representatives of the Ministry of Finance reached a compromise agreement that would include the distribution of payments that the police and pensioners used in the past years "a situation that can be avoided, allowances have been paid in good time and on a regular basis. "
The police also shook those who linked the election agreement ", sometimes with unacceptable contempt for ten thousand policemen and pensioners who have served and defended Israel's citizens for decades, when in practice the timetables for compensation were derived from the court's decision."
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