Herzog Kahlon 311.
(photo credit: Avi Hayun)
Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon is set to meet with Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the coming days to discuss ways to avoid any cuts
to his ministry’s budget, following announcements last week that government
budgets will be cut to cover reducing the prices of basic commodities, a
spokesman for the minister told The Jerusalem Post this week.
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spokesman said the ministry had not received any official notification that
there would be a 2-percent cut to its budget.
Meanwhile, in a statement
Sunday, Kahlon said he was standing behind social workers currently embroiled in
a battle with the Finance Ministry to improve their pay and work
“We have many common challenges, and improving social
workers’ salaries and conditions is at the top of the agenda,” said Kahlon, who
took over as minister last month. “I have, since my first day on the job, been
working to improve the situation, and these steps are necessary to improve the
welfare of many people.”
Last Wednesday, the Social Workers Union
announced plans to call a labor dispute within 10 days after long-running
negotiations to reach a salary agreement with the Treasury broke down.
spokesman for the union told the Post
Monday that since the announcement,
meetings had been held with the Treasury, but the feeling was that no immediate
solution would be found.
“The payment scale for social workers has not
been reformed since 1976,” he said, adding that the slated 2% cut to all
government ministries had little bearing on discussions about improving social
“Kahlon has taken up where [previous minister Isaac]
Herzog left off and has been very supportive of this fight,” said the spokesman.
“We know he is close to [Finance Minister Yuval] Steinitz, so we hope that he
will be able to help.”