Cabinet to Vote on Minimum Wage Raise

The plan to gradually raise Israel's minimum wage in three stages will likely be approved by the PM's Cabinet Sunday.

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A vote to raise Israel's minimum wage will be one feature of the Prime Minister's Cabinet meeting Sunday morning. 

After over a month of discussion on how to implement a gradual raise of the minimum wage to NIS 5,000 (~1,250) a month by 2017, the issue will finally go before the Cabinet. 

Histadrut labor union chair Avi Nissenkorn and Israel Manufacturers' Association President Tzvika Oren first announced the decision to raise salaries on December 3. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged his support on the 21 of that month, and Treasury and Histadrut labor union officials agreed to a framework on the 28. 

The minimum wage currently stands at NIS 4,300. According to the plan, that number will increase to NIS 4,650 on April 1, 2015, NIS 4,825 on June 1, 2016 and finally NIS 5,000 by January 1, 2017. 

The bill is expected to receive the approval of the ministers during the Cabinet session. 

Later this week, the Knesset will hold a special plenary session in which the bill will be discussed and will be raised to a vote. The bill is expected to pass with a majority. 

The minimum wage raise was expected to go into effect on January 1, 2015 but suffered delays thanks to the 19th Knesset's dissolution. 

The government's legal advisor banned increasing the minimum wage immediately - as was desired by Netanyahu and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett - stating it would only be possible to do so after upcoming Knesset elections. 








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