They have no shame: Knesset members approved themselves a 5.1% increase in their salaries

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Jan 17, 2023

The Knesset committee approved the recommendation of the public committee for determining the salary for Knesset members, according to which the salary of Knesset members should be increased by 5.1%, instead of the automatic update of 12.5% in accordance with the increase in the average salary in the economy.
At the beginning of the discussion, the chairman of the committee, MK Katz, said, "We the elected officials must listen to the voices of the public. In a time of price increases, the cart at the supermarket has become expensive, inflation has jumped, and it is very difficult for people. I think we need to consider and constantly listen to the public's difficulty And for what is happening on the ground, therefore I recommend the members of the committee to vote in favor of the recommendation of the public committee."
The reasons of the public committee state that "against the economic situation and due to the example that Knesset members should set for the public in general and public employees in particular, the public committee believes that the aforementioned increase is inappropriate, and is not consistent with the expected salary changes in the public sector, and has the potential to widen the salary gap between office bearers and other public sector employees".
Due to these circumstances, the public committee recommended that "in the update of the basic salary of Knesset members in 2023, most of the automatic increase will be cut at a rate of 12.5% and its update will be at its rate in 2022 only so that it will increase at a rate of only 5.1%".
At the same time, the finance committee headed by MK Moshe Gafni made a similar decision on the salaries of the president, the prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers, the president of the Supreme Court, judges, the speaker of the Knesset and the speaker of the opposition.
MK Yanon Azoulai of Shas expressed his opposition to the committee's recommendation, and even suggested that the salaries of the MKs be linked to the salaries of the judges. When I'm not in the Knesset, I walk around the country and hear the noises of the public. Receives inquiries even at four o'clock in the morning. The President of the Supreme Court receives over 104,000 shekels, more than the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Knesset (...) Everything a MK receives he receives by right and not by grace. I do not accept the committee's recommendations, but I accept your request, Mr. Chairman of the Committee."

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