Left-wing parties are attempting to make good on their campaign promises, with
Labor and Meretz proposing legislation on social issues this week.
bills will be voted on in the Knesset until the coalition is formed, because
membership and leadership of Knesset committees, which work on legislation, are
part of the coalition agreement.
Meanwhile, though, Labor brought back a
bill it had proposed in the previous Knesset on the Basic Law: Social Rights,
adding workers’ rights to the earlier draft.
The goal of the bill, signed
by all 15 Labor MKs, is to anchor in legislation basic social rights such as
education, health services, housing and the ability to live with
The bill’s articles include the right of access to sufficient
food and water, the right of workers to unionize and strike, and the right to
equality “in its broadest meaning, including equal access to resources and
Meanwhile, in light of rising dairy prices, MK Ilan Gilon
(Meretz) proposed a bill canceling value-added tax on basic food
The bill lists bread, salt, dairy products, oil and sugar as those
that should be VATfree and have prices under government supervision.
hope that following the promises by many parties during the elections, there
will be a lot of support for this proposal,” Gilon said. “I suggest the public
check if the parties’ money is where their mouths are.”