Despite the voice of opposition from government benches and opposition parties, the broad budget cuts that affect all government ministries on Sunday were approved by the cabinet to fund better salaries and pensions for security services the country.
The extensive cuts, which are valued at NIS 22 billion over decades, will fund better salaries and pensions for police officers, prison guards and non-military security service workers, including the Shin Bet (Security Agency Israel) and Mossad, who have long complained of subordinate conditions in relation to those serving in the IDF.
"This is good news for police officers, retired police officers, the prison services, the Shin Bet and the Mossad, dedicated to protecting the country's security. This is the news they have wanted," said First Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The agreement states that all pensioners will receive the full pay supplement for their current salaries from January 2019.
Also starting from January 2019, police officers and prisons of prisons currently employed will receive additions in two installments. From January 2020, agreed additions are paid in their entirety to all eligible individuals.
In addition, it was agreed that retroactive payments of NIS 7 billion, to pay for payments due since 2006, will be paid in installments over a period of 17 years (2019-2035) to facilitate a burden on the economy and the treasury, giving priority to pensioners with an emphasis on elderly pensioners.
Minister of Public Protection, Gilad Erdan, who has been at the forefront of the policeman's fight said: "I am pleased to stand today, at the forefront of the fight for the rights of gentlemen, guardians prison and pensioners. After two months of intense negotiations and after 13 years of rejection of salaries, the government approved the just and binding decision to equalize their conditions with conditions of career soldiers. "
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"This is an improvement to historical injustice that she had no justification," he said. "Government decisions since the 1970s demand that the salaries of voters and prison guards are equalized with wages of career soldiers, and these three Labor Courts acknowledged."
Erdan also said that "anyone who refers to the important decision about policing and prison guards as political consideration lies … The discussions between them have moved forward before the election issue comes i ben. "
Deputy Cabinet Minister Litzman (UTJ) adjudicated the cabinet decision.
"This is an urgent decision that will seriously harm the health of Israeli citizens," said Litzman. "I very much protested to the prime minister and other ministers over the expected cuts and I made it clear that it could lead to the destruction of the health system in Israel."
Prior to the voting, the Minister of Agriculture of Ariel warned that there would be great damage to the agriculture of Israel if the cuts were approved.
"Agricultural needs are increasing. After serious cuts to water supplies for agriculture, I will not allow the agricultural industry to be hit again," said Ariel.
"I will not allow any cuts to harm farmers or agricultural research of Israel, who are at the forefront of global agriculture. Of course, the citizens of the Israeli state will also be harmed if the Ministry of Agriculture budget is broken. "
The Union Union Leader, Avi Gabbay, crossed the agreement.
"A government that makes lateral cuts to all, without priorities, is a government that can be replaced by the Casio calculator," said Gabbay. "It's possible to change, to establish a brave government that sets priorities and places in the very best life, identify problems and take action."
In a statement released before the poll, the police said he had been fighting, along with the Ministry of Public Protection, in recent years to implement the government's decision to close the gap between wages and pensions received by IDF career officers and officers and police officers and prison guards, the first had benefited from better conditions.
"In the framework of the fight for the 13-year injustice deterrent in the form of a salary arrest, three different courts of the Labor Court have decided and acknowledged the rights of the police officers and pensioners to accept this appendix because of the law, "said the statement. "Among other things, the court said:" The Ministry of Finance has implemented a policy that is contrary to government decisions without being authorized to do so, "and that" the Ministry Finance has acted over the years in this context. " "
"It should be noted that the police do not have the right to hit or fix the aim of improving their pay terms and in general, and the decision to equalize the pay at the time was compensated for legislation that was in Deprivation of police. This is fine, "the statement continued.
Recently, the police said, the police, the Ministry of Public Protection and representatives of the Ministry of Finance reached a compromise agreement that would include the distribution of payments due to the police and pensioners over a number of years, "a situation that could be have to avoid if the supplements were paid promptly and regularly. "
The police also dropped out of those who contact the agreement with the elections, "sometimes with an unacceptable despatch to the tens of thousands of policing and retirement that has been serve and defend the Israeli citizens for decades, when the timescales for compensation result from the court's decision. "
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