MKs make an end run around Gronau to better their pay
The members of the Gronau panel, headed by Reuben Gronau, express surprise at a report in TheMarker Monday about the House Committee team seeking approval Wednesday for the new team.
The Gronau committee, which sets Knesset members' salaries and other benefits they receive, is to examine how the panel itself functions as the Knesset House Committee announced it was convening its own special team tomorrow to look into MKs' employment conditions.
The members of the Gronau panel, headed by Reuben Gronau, expressed surprise at a report in TheMarker Monday about the House Committee team seeking approval Wednesday for the new team, and which is expected to seek to better the MKs' current employment benefits.
Gronau, who is returning today from a trip abroad, said he had no advance word of such a move, which is seen as an effort to circumvent Gronau's own panel. He said he had been not invited to address the House Committee meeting tomorrow at which the creation of the working group is to be considered.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said yesterday that he objects to any change in the status of the Gronau committee. The law provides that MKs' employment terms are set by the House Committee after receiving a formal opinion from the Gronau committee. Therefore, even if the Knesset House Committee recommendations encounter opposition from Gronau's panel, the House Committee legally has the last word.
For his part, Gronau insisted, however, that employment conditions of Knesset members are set by law by his public committee.