Report: Talks between disabled Israelis and government reach 'breakthrough'

The government is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with representatives of disabled persons to raise their monthly benefits to 4,000 shekels.
Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Representatives of the Israeli government and the disabled community are close to finalizing a deal that might put an end to an ongoing protest campaign, Channel 2 News reported Thursday.

The agreement, if signed, will reportedly raise the monthly disability benefits to 4,000 shekels (about $1100) and will link it to the minimum wage.

Currently, the monthly benefits are linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which rises more slowly than the minimum wage. Linking it to the minimum wage would make it easier for people with disabilities to live on.

Avi Nissenkorn, the chairman of Israel's labor union organization, the Histadrut, said a mass strike is likely to start after the High Holidays unless the issue is resolved.



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