MK Avir Kara (right), Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office spoke today (Sunday) with Anat Davidov on her program in103FM Against the background of the preparations for the approval of the state budget in the Knesset.
He expressed his views on raising the minimum wage, which he opposes, and explained why, despite being the flag bearer of small business assistance, the unemployment benefits in the Social Security they demanded would not appear in the Arrangements Law.
“I do not think there are mines, in the end we will reach agreements on everything,” he said in his opening remarks. “There is no reform in agriculture, but in imports that will open the market to competition. All in all, the State of Israel today protects farmers, or indirectly supports them and the public pays for it by raising tariffs and taxes. Israel is doing the right thing and going to direct support to farmers.”
Confronted with the fact that the coalition factions oppose the same reform that will harm farmers as they say, he mentioned the story of the reform in the cellular market: “All the lobbyists and all the tycoons and all the lawyers came and told us how so many people are going to lose their jobs. “And the cellular reform went through and lowered prices and benefited consumers. The same was true with the open sky and in the 1990s with textiles.”
“In the end, people do not go to the vacuum and jobs improve and become more efficient,” he added. “Especially since the State of Israel did not invent what we see now, they did it in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. They have moved to direct support for agriculture which they see as a supreme value, and farmers use the money for technological means and no longer need manual and foreign labor.”
Kara claimed that the competition was “very big in the marketing networks”, and called on the “agricultural lobby to set up a website that has direct sales from the farmer to the consumer. In this situation, farmers have a much greater opportunity.”
“After three years, a very significant budget is about to pass and these economic reforms will reach the pockets of each and every citizen,” the minister declared. “We are going to cut regulation and bureaucracy with machete significantly.”
When asked about the gaps with the Histadrut, he replied that he “I think that the Histadrut is not the solution but the problem In a large proportion of cases. I hope that in the end we will reach agreements with everyone, it is not certain that it is precisely with the Histadrut but with the relevant factors in the government. “
Kara added that he opposes raising the minimum wage: “Unequivocally. By and large in the State of Israel we need to move on to the issue of employing manpower for real personal contracts that can really raise wages and productivity in the economy. Today all the proposals that the Histadrut brings are suitable for the economy in the 50s or 70s. “The labor market. The market needs to be flexible, streamlined and assisted. In social-democratic countries, from which we usually take an example, the minimum wage is not customary, but agreements are made between employers and employees, and wages are much higher than in the State of Israel.”
He went on to say that “when a state budget is passed it is a matter of government and not a matter of body. There is a workers’ organization here that holds the state for too short years and has somewhat replaced the creators, so I think agreements should be within government and externally.”
Kara, who carried the banner of the struggle of small businesses, referred at the end of his remarks to the fact that despite the fact that one of their objectives was unemployment benefits in Social Security, this reform is not included in the Arrangements Law: “Truth be told, There is no country in the world from which we can learn how to make unemployment benefits for the self-employed. The bill I submitted together with MK Idit Silman, chairman of the coalition, is voluntary unemployment benefits for the self-employed. Leumi and be entitled to unemployment benefits. “
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