“Social workers have been in negotiations with the treasury for more than six months to increase salaries, which have not been adjusted significantly for more than 16 years,” said a statement from the union. “Today, nearly one in three social workers receives income support to boost their salaries.”
Minister of Welfare and Social Services Isaac Herzog showed support the social workers and urged Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to “go out in the field and see how social workers deal daily with society’s hardships for an extremely scant salary.”
Last week, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services released a report highlighting the lack of resources and low pay of the country’s social workers despite dealing with some of the country’s worst social problems. It estimated that social workers take on between 300 and 400 caseloads per person.