Ministers get raise after minimum wage hike snub
Israeli government ministers may oppose raising the minimum wage to NIS 4,600 a month, but they are not averse to giving themselves a monthly salary hike of NIS 2,500-3,000.
Two main factors are behind the pay hike. The first is a restoration of the pay cut made in the 2009-10 state budget, when the ministers cut their pay as an act of solidarity with the public during the recession. Now, just before approving the 2011-12 biennial budget, the ministers will have the pay cut restored.
The second factor is the ministers' tax break for use of government cars.
An additional factor is the pay hike for all public sector employees, which is partly linked to the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Ministers' salaries are also linked to the CPI.
The Knesset Finance Committee, under chairman MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), is expected to approve the ministers' pay hike.
Part of the raise will come into effect immediately, and the rest at the end of the year.
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