Histadrut president Avi Nissenkoren meets with leaders of the disabled community, September 5, 2017..
(photo credit: DISABLED IS NOT A HALF PERSON)
Histadrut labor federation head Avi Nissenkorn pledged on Tuesday to fight alongside the disabled to ensure their state allotments of NIS 2,342 per month are raised to NIS 5,000, the minimum wage.
The activists, who have held around 10 demonstrations over the past month, blocking major roads, also want disabled children to get the NIS 5,000 allotments.
Nissenkorn spoke at a meeting with leaders of the disabled community at Histadrut headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Hanan Tal, co-CEO of “Disabled is not a Half-Person,” said this is an important step in achieving their goals, as Nissenkorn will “fight the government and lead the struggle with the tools the union has instead of the tools the disabled have.”
Alex Friedman, co-CEO and founder of Disabled is not a Half-Person, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he warmly welcomes Nissenkorn’s support and sees him as a “positive and powerful force in our struggle. We apologize for inconveniencing the drivers of Israel, but the government leaves us with no choice.”
Nissenkorn promised to coordinate with the Finance Ministry along with Disabled is not a Half-Person to solve this problem, adding that the allotments have remained stagnant at NIS 2,342 for 16 years This meeting took place in response to the announcement on Tuesday that the Knesset will convene on September 18 to discuss increasing disability benefits.
This was followed by vocal opposition from members of the Knesset and members of groups representing people with disabilities, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at a cabinet meeting on Sunday that he would allocate NIS 4 billion over the next four years toward allotments for people with disabilities, raising monthly benefits to NIS 3,200 – just over the NIS 3,154 poverty line – and to NIS 4,000 for the severely disabled.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.