Treasury to consult Histadrut, industry on reforms legislation

Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson met with Manufacturers Association of Israel President Shraga Brosh and Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini on Thursday.

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February 1, 2007 21:32
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The Finance Ministry agreed to consult with workers and business leaders in formulating into law all aspects of its program to reduce social gaps in the Israeli economy. Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson met with Manufacturers Association of Israel President Shraga Brosh and Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini Thursday amid calls from the two umbrella organizations that their constituencies should be involved in the issues proposed by the reforms. A Manufacturers Association spokesperson said the sides agreed that Hirchson would present his proposal as planned on Sunday and that a working team with representatives from all parties would review all five points in the reforms before they were presented for legislation. These include the introduction of a negative income tax system, mandatory pension schemes for all workers, widening subsidization of childcare allowances, stronger enforcement of labor laws and raising taxes on company-owned cars - encompassing the plan Hirchson announced earlier this week aimed at encouraging participation in the work force. "In the stage of bringing the proposals to law, I intend to dialogue with representatives from the workers and businesses," Hirchson said. He also responded to concerns that the negative income tax program would come with unnecessary bureaucracy for workers, saying the ministry would work to ensure that workers receive payments directly and not through the business as previously proposed.


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