MK Bitton against the cost of living: "The wisdom is not to put just one person in prison"
The chairman of the economics committee, MK Michael Bitton, is recovering from the corona and he is attacking the major manufacturers and importers in the economy with renewed vigor: "If they do not harm five organizations together, we will not see them calm down," he says in an exclusive interview.
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Sunday, 16 January 2022, 11:26 Updated: 12:00
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The chairman of the economics committee, MK Michael Bitton, recovered from the corona that befell him, and returned vigorously to parliamentary action, intending to resume the war on manufacturers, importers and retailers, right from where he stopped it for a moment, when we spoke of the virus.
In a personal interview to be published this coming Thursday in Walla! Money, he admits that chairing the Economics Committee was not his first choice: "I wanted to be Minister of Education, Welfare, Interior or Justice, and I would take them tomorrow. Since it was not available to us, I was offered to be Chairman of the Economics Committee. I have no interest in being a third-rate minister. In the end, and this is wisdom that in retrospect, I did not know how much influence the chairman of the second committee can have after the Finance Committee.
There is no other committee in the Knesset that is subordinated to seven ministries: Their regulations require our approval. "
MK Bitton recounts what prompted him to declare war on the cost of living: "They recently conducted a survey, and asked the sampled what is most important to them. In first place was personal security and in second place the cost of living. And I tell you, the thing that hurts the citizens the most is the cost of living. I called on the Prime Minister to set up an inter-ministerial team of ministers to deal with the cost of living under his leadership. Just as there is a security cabinet, there must be a cabinet for the cost of living. "
The chairman of the Economics Committee is not satisfied with the security image - What are their profits, most of which are not reported because the companies are not traded on the stock exchange
There are importers and manufacturers at all: we will never earn less than we earned before.
We will summon their managements to the committee and demand answers to the question of whether it is possible to settle for a modest profit and lower prices and not just raise them.
We alone will not be able to win this war, but this issue cannot be allowed to die down. "
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MK Michael Bitton in a discussion in the Economics Committee: "We will do research on the 20 entities in the economy that hold production and imports, we will find out what their profits are, most of which are not reported because the companies are not traded on the stock exchange" (Photo: PR)
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Bitton does not hide his opinion regarding calls for a boycott of large producers who dared to raise prices, and specifically refers to the call to boycott Osem: "The citizen should boycott monopolies. Food chains made record profits last year and they do not have to raise prices
. "There is a competition authority that needs to be more aggressive, a new director has been appointed from within the organization and has not entered a revolving door from a conflict of interest organization, and I hope it will be determined and biting, announce monopolies and impose restrictions and fines of up to one hundred million shekels
Chairman of the Economics Committee, Michael Bitton.
But MK Bitton is not content with just what consumers will do and has also outlined a policy regarding the punishment of monopolies:
“All authorities should be biting against cartels, monopolies and duopoly that oppress the public.
When hundreds of millions in fines are imposed in one year, it will be a year of upheaval.
They will not do any more manipulations on the consumer because it will not pay off for them.
The wisdom is not to put one person in jail.
"If they do not harm five organizations together, we will not see them calm down
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