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The chairman of the Histadrut is ready for a wage freeze, but on the condition that it includes everyone. Does he outline an agreement for a general wage freeze in exchange for raising the minimum wage to NIS 6,000?



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"Freeze wages on the table, provided it includes everyone"

This is what the chairman of the Histadrut said at the Eli Horowitz conference on economics and society. Arnon Bar-David added: "We in the Histadrut understand that this is the time for dialogue, and I am pleased with Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman's call for a dialogue that has not been here in recent years." The minimum wage for NIS 6,000?

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 14:30 Updated: 14:57

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After the speech of the Minister of Finance this morning at the opening of the Eli Horowitz Conference on Economics and Society, of the Israel Democracy Institute, it was the turn of Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David, who surprised in a speech praising the dialogue with Lieberman and hinting that the two may , Are much better coordinated than they were as finance minister and chairman of the Histadrut in previous professional relationships.



In fact, it seems at times that there is an understanding between Lieberman and Bar-David regarding the wage agreements in the economy, perhaps even an increased outline of a general wage freeze in exchange for raising the minimum wage to NIS 6,000.



This is what the chairman of the Histadrut said: "When talking about a package deal in the economy, each side must put on the table what it is willing to give in order for us to grow the economy. The issue of wage freezing is on the table for me, and we have open employment agreements. However, prices in the country are rising, the standard of living is rising, and if I talk about a wage freeze, I have only one condition: it must include everyone. The teachers, the doctors, all the sectors of the economy. Create a situation align and we all understand that they need to grow the economy, so the deal must be comprehensive. "



" We Histadrut understand that this is the time for dialogue, and I am pleased to call the finance minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to hold round tables and discussion have not been here in years, "said Hugh" Rabbi of the Histadrut, Bar-David, "The title I would give to the conference is: From Chaos to Growth.



We have lived in chaos for the last few years.

In morbidity during the corona period, and in a mad political situation that caused systems to spin and created an economy that operated on an automaton.

The Ministry of Finance, the strongest and most important ministry - has not functioned in recent years.

I am happy, my friend the Minister of Finance Lieberman, that the new spirit you are bringing with you can lead this ministry forward.



"" Half a year ago I said that I expect the second half of 2021 to bring with it growth and I hope so.

We are on the right path.

However, we have a number of barriers.

"The issue of recovery has been problematic, and it is good that the Ministry of Finance has closed it. We still have a problem with aviation and tourism, two main industries that have not been fully and significantly opened up."

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The Minister of Finance, the Chairman of the Histadrut and the Chairman of the Presidency of the Business Sector, gather at a conference in Jerusalem (Photo: Histadrut Spokeswoman and Finance Spokeswoman)

The consideration for the wage freeze will be an increase in the minimum wage to NIS 6,000?

The chairman of the Histadrut spoke about the changes in the labor market and the moves he is promoting to raise the minimum wage:



"The labor market is changing before our eyes.

Following the corona, I identify a trend whereby people who earn at low wage levels do not want to return to work at NIS 5,300 a month.

They are looking for other employment solutions.



This brings me to the issue of raising the minimum wage to NIS 6,000 - if we want to create an advanced world and develop Israeli society.

I turn to my friends, the heads of the economy: an employee who receives a higher and more deserving wage will give higher productivity.

These are the things I put on the table and want to promote.

That is the most important issue for me. "

Senior finance and business sector executives.

"Eli Horowitz Conference on Economics and Society" of the Israel Democracy Institute (Photo: Histadrut spokeswoman and finance spokeswoman)

"The Histadrut under my leadership will always give a shoulder and cooperate with the Ministry of Finance"

Another issue that the chairman of the Histadrut spoke about is a combination of a day's work from home: "We need to adopt this thing in workplaces where it is possible to do so. Allow employees flexibility. We address the issue and have conversations about it.



"" Innovative moves are important, so another topic I've been promoting over the past year is six long weekends for employees, a year. This is a move that could bring a line to the leisure culture as well as to the consumer culture. Workers in Israel work 42 hours a week, while in OECD countries they work an average of 37-39 hours a week. Their vacation days are also few, compared to the vacation days in other OECD countries. We will have to deal with these issues. "



"We in the Histadrut have opened the gates for the small self-employed, and they are in the Histadrut's self-employed forum. We saw them shouting and taking to the streets during the Corona period. It is possible and necessary to create a social safety net for the self-employed. "The package, because we have to take care of them in times of crisis. We have to be prepared for any scenario and we do not want to see them on the streets again."



The chairman of the Histadrut, Bar-David, concluded: "We are on the verge of a period in which there is a lot of chance and hope. The Histadrut, under my leadership, will always give a shoulder and cooperate with the Ministry of Finance and the employers. "



Earlier, Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who opened the conference, said: On the issue of the Knesset, the Minister of Finance said: "I spoke with Arnon, there are sectors and groups that must be helped,First of all, to the tourism and aviation industry. "

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