30 local authorities failed to pay April wages

The long saga of unpaid municipal employees has not ended, with 30 local authorities failing to pay their workers for April, including 12 that didn't pay March's wages as well, the Histadrut Labor Federation said on Wednesday. Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini sent a letter to Ra'anan Dinur, the director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, calling for the dismissal of local municipality heads where wages have not been paid during March and April. The local authorities withholding wages include the 10 "problematic local authorities," which at the end of March received a loan from the Histadrut regarding wage obligations until February. At the same time, the employees of 11 religious councils were also not paid for the month of April. However, some progress has been made regarding the determination of the financial extent of the missing money transfers, which were supposed to be deducted for pension plans and educational training funds for local authority workers. After many months, the government completed its report regarding the local authority debts to pension plans of its workers, which showed that the debts totaled NIS 378 million.