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The Finance Ministry wages director is demanding that Tel Aviv University halt all excessive wage and benefit payments to employees. In an unprecedented move, Ilan Levin is even asking the workers to pay back money they were not entitled to.

This is the first time the wages director has made such a demand of a university, though other government bodies have faced such demands in the past. The universities are mostly funded by the state, so they are also subject to public sector wage conditions.

Levin's move came in the wake of a scathing report on the universities and their salary payments by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, who criticized previous wages directors for not enforcing the rules.

Last week Levin sent a harsh letter to Tel Aviv University president Prof. Zvi Galil, ordering him to immediately stop all excess payments to administrative staff.

Levin's letter is the last step before legal action.