Trash piles up during Local Authorities strike 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Union of Local Authorities and the Prime Minister’s Office reached a deal
Tuesday evening, bringing to an end a two-day nationwide strike that started
Under the deal, brokered between Prime Minister’s Office
Director-General Harel Locker and Union of Local Authorities (IULA) chairman
Shlomo Bohbot, low-income populations will receive discounts on water taxes, and
a freeze will be enacted on planned alterations to property taxes that would
have reduced the IULA’s budget.
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The deal also included an agreement that
Locker will chair a forum to discuss issues relating to local administration,
and that the allocation of national lottery proceeds will remain
The forum will also include officials from the Welfare and
Social Services, Interior and Education ministries, as well as the Finance
Ministry budget director and the IULA directorgeneral, the Prime Minister’s
It added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would take
steps to thwart initiatives in the Knesset that would place budgetary
limitations on local authorities.
Bohbot called the agreement “an
unprecedented achievement,” noting that “the water prices will go down for the
poorest segments of society, the disabled and the elderly.”
He also vowed
that within the next 45 days, there would be developments regarding water prices
for the middle class as well.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) praised
the two sides for reaching an agreement in “this just struggle for the citizens
of Israel,” and praised the prime minister for “listening to the just demands in
the document of mutual understanding signed by the Interior Ministry and the
A number of Likud mayors across the country either
broke the strike or refused to take part from the beginning, including the
mayors of Netanya, Nazareth Illit and Nesher.
Education Minister Gideon
Sa’ar (Likud) also issued his disapproval of the strike, saying Tuesday it was
“not justified, harms citizens and should be brought to an end
The strike shuttered municipalities across the country, and
those who took part included sanitation workers, parking inspectors, school bus
drivers, school security guards, and welfare services staff.